Back in July the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) deployed a new backup power solution, a hydrogen fuel cell, at its headquarters in Exton, PA. The purpose of a fuel cell is to provide backup power using green technology in case of a utility failure. The fuel cell is designed to back up another alternative-energy system at SCTE--a roof-mounted photovoltaic system. CommScope provided the fuel cell and Alpha Technologies installed the solar panels. With this alternative energy deployment at its headquarters, SCTE is setting the bar for the cable industry demonstrating that green, alternative energy is a viable option.

That option was called into service when the building lost power during Hurricane Irene this summer, keeping its network online and functioning until power was restored. The fuel cell is just one of the energy conservation solutions CommScope is showcasing to the industry during the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. During Expo, CommScope displayed the fuel cell in the Green Pavilion. In this video, Derek DiGiacomo, Senior Director, Information Systems & Energy Management Programs with the SCTE, discusses why the Society invested in alternative energy and why it is leading the charge to define and encourage best practices for sustainable and cost-effective energy management across the cable and broadband industries.

What is your back-up power solution and is it green?

About the Author

Mark Alrutz

Mark Alrutz is the vice president of global service providers in the FAE organization for CommScope. He is responsible for technical solution sales, applications engineering, pre- and post-sales technical support, and customer training. Mr. Alrutz received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and master of science degree  in management from Georgia Tech. He has been an active SCTE member since 1996. He also participates on the SCTE Interface Practices Subcommittee and the Energy 2020 program. Mr. Alrutz holds numerous U.S. patents and has been published in several industry trade magazines.


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2 comments for "Fuel Cell Makes Impact At SCTE’s Green Pavilion"

Just you add videos for understanding i.e - how to fiber optics connection - how to configure server to fiber optics

Rick Aspan

Thanks Muhammed. We'll address these potential topics with our bloggers. I appreciate the suggestion.

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