Energy Internet and eVehicles Overview

Governments around the world are wrestling with the challenge of how to prepare society for inevitable climate change. To date most people have been focused on how to reduce Green House Gas emissions, but now there is growing recognition that regardless of what we do to mitigate against climate change the planet is going to be significantly warmer in the coming years with all the attendant problems of more frequent droughts, flooding, sever storms, etc. As such we need to invest in solutions that provide a more robust and resilient infrastructure to withstand this environmental onslaught especially for our electrical and telecommunications systems and at the same time reduce our carbon footprint.

Linking renewable energy with high speed Internet using fiber to the home combined with autonomous eVehicles and dynamic charging where vehicle's batteries are charged as it travels along the road, may provide for a whole new "energy Internet" infrastructure for linking small distributed renewable energy sources to users that is far more robust and resilient to survive climate change than today's centralized command and control infrastructure. These new energy architectures will also significantly reduce our carbon footprint. For more details please see:

Using autonomous eVehicles for Renewable Energy Transportation and Distribution: and

Free High Speed Internet to the Home or School Integrated with solar roof top:

High level architecture of Internet Networks to survive Climate Change:

Architecture and routing protocols for Energy Internet:

How to use Green Bond Funds to underwrite costs of new network and energy infrastructure:

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Environmnetal Impact of Fiber to the Home

[Here is an excellent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the European Fiber to the Home council of the environmental benefits of FTTh, taking into account all the CO2 emissions that are produced in the construction and deployment of the fiber, measured against the savings of only two potential applications - tele-commuting and tele-medicine. No surprise, that the greatest amount of CO2 emissions is digging up the ground to bury the fiber. All the more reason to have shared conduit (or poles where available). I suspect the CO2 savings will be significantly greater if they looked at wider range of applications, especially those that promoted the trading of "bits and bandwidth for carbon". The reality is that carbon offsets of tele-commuting and tele-medicine are relatively quite small in the great scheme of things. Since consumers are directly responsible or influence 60% of all CO2 emissions, network applications that enable or encourage consumers to reduce their carbon footprint in these other walks of life will pay much bigger dividends. Thanks to Joeri Van Bogaert for this pointer -- BSA]

-As a main quantitative finding, the environmental impact of the deployment of a typical FTTH network will be positive in less than 14 years considering only the three selected services • Additional either existing or developing applications will further emphasize these results • Beyond its environmental-friendly aspects, FTTH solutions offer additional social and economical benefits

-If further physical barriers are reduced (ducts access in particular), and full range of services are developing, contributions will be far bigger

Thursday, March 6, 2008

50 Environmentally Friendly Apps, Hosts and Resources

[Here is an excellent site listing various zero carbon (and carbon neutral) hosting sites, as well as tools to measure the carbon impact of your blog and/or computer. Thanks to Amy Quinn for this pointer--BSA]

$50 million initiative for Next Generation Internet to Reduce Global Warming

[I am very pleased to have contributed my small part to this initiative. As I have long argued there are significant innovation and economic opportunities to use ICT to address the challenge of global warming. Countries and business that are first movers in this field will be the big winners. As such I am pleased to see the participation of some of Canada's largest ICT companies. Some excerpts from the original article from TechMedia -- BSA]

Prompt Inc

Telecom giants support federal bid to study zero-carbon Internet

Ericsson, Nortel Networks and Bell Canada Enterprises are among the companies supporting an industry-led plan to promote development of a carbon-neutral Internet. Led by the Quebec-based organization PROMPT Inc., the “Next Generation Internet to Reduce Global Warming” research project has already lined up $8 million in industry contributions and $6 million from the Quebec government. It is now looking to the federal government for an additional $7.5 million to make the initiative national.

“This will be a $15 million program to start … with long-term plans to grow to $50 million,” says Charles Despins, president and CEO of PROMPT (Partenariats de Recherche Orientée en Microélectronique, Photonique et Télécommunications). “It will involve both hardware and software, with wireless playing a huge part. There will be a lot of optical work and a number of new applications.”


How green was my fiber?

[Olivier Jerphagnon has an excellent blog on ICT and green technologies. As he points out in his most recent posting with the new 100G optical technology and FTTH he state that "fiber optics is a very “green” technology compared to semiconductor electronics. When you look at it more closely, it dissipates a lot less energy than copper based cables and it saves a lot of materials: one single strand of glass can carry as much data as many thousands of copper cables, and it can do over a longer distance without using electronic equipment to regenerate it."

As I mentioned in past postings, I expect future network utilization will be measured on a "bits per carbon" basis rather than "bits per second". With the new 100G wavelength technology, dramatic over provisioning will be the basic design principle. Not only will this make network management much easier, it will also significantly reduce carbon footprint of networks.--BSA]

Olivier Jerphagnon's blog

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