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Exclusive insights into China Tower’s innovative re-use of EV lithium-ion batteries for cell site energy storage


CTC deploys secondary use EV batteries to 70-80,000 cell sites

The opportunity to create energy efficiencies by cycling batteries during peak tariffs has prompted China Tower Corporation (CTC) to research and deploy secondary use EV Lithium-ion to replace the lead acid batteries at 70-80,000 of their cell sites. CTC has innovated a unique strategy named the ‘energy recycle circle model’ to leverage recycled batteries from electric vehicles. In this exclusive interview with Mr Gao Jian, Head of the Energy Innovation Centre in CTC, TowerXchange has learned how secondary used EV batteries can be economically and practically beneficial for tower owners.

TowerXchange: Please introduce yourself, your role at CTC, and the structure of the energy management team across your vast portfolio and geography.


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