Westport Makes Commitment to Action at 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting
~Tower Power: Improving Air Quality and Electricity Access in India~
NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT) (
NASDAQ:WPRT), the global leader in natural gas engines, is bringing its
expertise to help improve air quality and access to electricity in
rural India, through a Commitment to Action announced at the Clinton
Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting.
Westport and its partners’ Commitment to Action aims to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions from mobile phone tower generators by using
natural gas, while also providing residual power to nearby villages
that are currently off the grid.
India’s electric grid is challenged by a growing number of mobile phone
towers, and many are powered totally or in part by diesel generators.
According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), there
are close to 400,000 off-grid mobile phone towers in the country which
use about two billion litres of fuel annually. This releases 6.5
million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), making these towers the second
largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the country.
“By 2015, there will be close to a billion mobile phone users in India,
so there’s an urgent need for cleaner energy sources to power the
industry,” said Nicholas Sonntag, Westport Executive Vice President of
Corporate Development & New Partnerships. “Westport has an opportunity
to apply its expertise in natural gas transportation technology to find
solutions for telecom and community power.”
The CGI Commitment to Action, “Tower Power: Helping Rural Communities
Establish Clean Energy Solutions,” aims to identify and develop a
natural gas fuel supply, engine technology, and power distribution that
will reduce emissions, and create a consistent and reliable power
supply to the phone towers. Another critical benefit is the ability to
direct residual power to local communities for other needs.
Project partners include non-profits Development Alternatives,
Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA), along with regional
power producers and fuel providers. If the project is successful, this
solution could be applied in other jurisdictions that face similar
challenges. Over the next three years, the team will pilot this project
on five sites by developing technology, researching gaseous fuel
options, creating a fuel supply, and determining how best to distribute
the power generated.
This project supports the goal of TRAI to reduce the diesel dependence
of mobile phone towers, and cut carbon emissions by operating at least
half of all rural towers, and 20 percent of urban towers, on non-diesel
power sources by 2015.
-- The Indian Telecom Market is currently growing by 10 million customers per month. -- In 2010, 64.5 percent of India had electricity; 93.1 percent of the urban population had access, and 52.5 percent of the rural population had access. -- In 2011, there were over 390,000 telecom towers in India. There are expected to be 500,000 towers by 2015, and one billion cell phone users. -- Mobile phone towers in India consume approximately 2 billion litres of diesel fuel annually and release more than 6.5 million tonnes of CO2 -- Of the existing 390,000 towers, 82 percent are connected to the grid and 18 percent are off-grid. Out of the total on-grid, only 169,000 have reliable connections.
About Westport Innovations Inc.
Westport Innovations Inc. is a leading global supplier of proprietary
solutions that allow engines to operate on clean-burning fuels such as
compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen,
and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuels such as landfill gas and help
reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Westport technology offers
advanced LNG fueling systems with direct injection natural gas engine
technology for heavy-duty vehicles such as highway trucks and off-road
applications such as mining and rail. Cummins Westport, our joint
venture with Cummins Inc., designs, engineers and markets spark-ignited
natural gas engines for North American transportation applications such
as trucks and buses. The Westport LD division is one of the global
leaders for natural gas and LPG fuel in passenger cars, light-duty
trucks and industrial applications such as forklifts. To learn more
about our business, visit westport.com, subscribe to our RSS feed, or follow us on Twitter @WestportDotCom.
About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global
Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement
innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI
Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20
Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of
foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media.
To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are
already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than
180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments
will be valued at $69.2 billion.
CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative
solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University
(CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to
address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For
more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.
Note: This document contains forward-looking statements about Westport’s
business, operations, technology development or the environment in
which it operates, which are based on Westport’s estimates, forecasts
and projections. These statements include specifically, statements
regarding the estimated future number of mobile phone towers in India
and their fuel consumption, application of this project in other
jurisdictions and the timing, goals and future achievements of the
project. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and
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