Toward solar energy harvesting for small cell networks: Technology, feasibility, and challenges

Rachad Atat, Rubayet Shafin Bradley, Erchin Serpedin

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Abstract

Extreme densification is one of the key technologies to get to high data rates in future 5G networks. In this paper, we consider a solar energy harvesting model for small cell base stations (SCBSs). We use the solar energy resource data (http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/new-data/confrrm/) by the Cooperative Network for Renewable Resource Measurements. The data set includes measurements for solar irradiance, mainly global horizontal irradiance (GHI), along with a set of predictor variables. The data set spans multiple states including Florida, Oregon, Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Georgia, New Mexico and West Virginia. Using the data set in North Carolina, we explore the feasibility and reliability of using solar energy to power SCBSs. In this paper, we test the hypothesis that we can accurately predict the availability status of SCBSs, defined as having sufficient power to provide service to end-users, if the GHI value is within a certain range.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 5th Experiment at International Conference, exp.at 2019
EditorsAlberto Cardoso, Maria Teresa Restivo
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages90-95
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728136370
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Event5th Experiment at International Conference, exp.at 2019 - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 12 Jun 201914 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2019 5th Experiment at International Conference, exp.at 2019

Conference

Conference5th Experiment at International Conference, exp.at 2019
CountryPortugal
CityFunchal, Madeira
Period12/6/1914/6/19

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Keywords

  • and k-means clustering
  • Energy harvesting
  • regression
  • small cell base stations
  • solar power

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Media Technology
  • Control and Optimization
  • Modelling and Simulation

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Atat, R., Bradley, R. S., & Serpedin, E. (2019). Toward solar energy harvesting for small cell networks: Technology, feasibility, and challenges. In A. Cardoso, & M. T. Restivo (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2019 5th Experiment at International Conference, exp.at 2019 (pp. 90-95). [8876496] (Proceedings of the 2019 5th Experiment at International Conference, exp.at 2019). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/EXPAT.2019.8876496