Vodafone switches on first self-powered phone masts in the UK

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Vodafone has switched on the UK’s first ‘self-powering’ mobile phone mast (opens in new tab) in Wales, claiming the technology will make it easier to bring coverage to rural areas and make its network more sustainable.

The operator has been working with Crossflow Energy on the design for more than two years and the site in Pembrokeshire combines a wind turbine that can operator in even light winds.

This particular site is connected to the national grid, but Vodafone says future masts could be entirely independent of a centralised electricity supply, with power sources …

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