Nokia plans to significantly reduce power consumption with the world’s first liquid-cooled AirScale 5G base station. The new cooling technology used Finnish 5G liquid cooling base technology to reduce the potential energy costs of base stations by 30 percent and CO2 emissions by around 80 percent. Nokia introduced liquid cooling for 2G, 3G, and 4G base stations with Elisa.
5G base stations consume twice as much energy as 4G base stations. It is observed that the increased power consumption is about 5-6% of the operating costs, an increase in energy costs.
The single solution by Nokia Bell Labs is to achieve 30 percent lower power consumption and associated savings at Elisa’s facility in Helsinki, Finland.
“Nokia introduced a liquid-cooled base station with 2G, 3G, and 4G base stations with Finland in Elisa,” said Tommi Uitto, president of Nokia Mobile Networks. “We have now demonstrated the world’s first liquid liquid-cooled AirScale 5G base station in commercial operations and made cooling a reality for all network generations. This solution enables operators to take more responsibility while achieving significant cost savings.”
5G base stations generate heat that is emitted into the air during their operation. Besides, the company, which plans to convert and reuse the heat emitted to the air with liquid cooling technology, will significantly reduce carbon emissions.
Compared to conventional field air conditioning units, the liquid-cooled system can be 50 percent smaller and 30% lighter than other standard air conditioners, Nokia said. They are also quiet and do not require any maintenance.
This is beneficial for operators looking to reduce radio network energy costs and carbon emissions. And because water-based cooling is so effective, it keeps the electronics of a base station at a lower temperature, increasing their reliability and helping to reduce operator maintenance costs.
Nokia announced that it offers zero-emission products to more than 150 customers and is committed to reducing emissions by 41 percent by 2030.