EPSRC/VCE Strategic Partnership: Green Radio

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Abstract

There is a need on environmental grounds to reduce the energy requirements of radio access networks. From an operator perspective, reduced energy consumption translates directly to the bottom line - lower Operating Expenditure (OPEX). These are the key drivers of the Green Radio programme. Both wide area public networks (traditionally cellular ) and local area private networks (traditionally wireless LAN ) will be considered, recognizing that the structure of a Green Radio Network may differ from today's radio networks. Thus in essence, the specific objective of the Green Radio programme is to investigate and create innovative methods for the reduction of the total power needed to operate a radio access network and to identify appropriate radio architectures which enable such power reduction.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description The Green Radio project as a whole developed a suite of novel wireless communication techniques which greatly improved energy efficiency. For a cellular mobile phone network this improvement in efficiency was over a factor of 10. This has benefits for reducing both the operating costs of the network and its CO2 footprint.
Exploitation Route The energy saving techniques researched in this project can be applied to a variety of wireless devices and networks to save energy. Network operators can reconfigure their networks and device manufacturers can improve their products both to reduce cost and CO2 emissions.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Energy,Environment,Transport

URL http://www.mobilevce.com/green-radio
 
Description Findings from this project have been transferred to industry via our collaboration with the MVCE consortium of sponsoring companies to impact upon operation of existing networks as well as the design of future networks, mobile devices and communications standards for improved energy efficiency.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)
Impact Types Economic

 
Description EPSRC CDT-Comms
Amount £2,200,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/I028153/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2011 
End 09/2019
 
Description EPSRC FARAD
Amount £641,935 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 05/2018
 
Description EPSRC SERAN
Amount £853,379 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 12/2017