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.

Linking renewable energy with high speed Internet using fiber to the home combined with 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. For more details please see:

Using eVehicles for Renewable Energy Transportation and Distribution: http://goo.gl/bXO6x and http://goo.gl/UDz37

Free High Speed Internet to the Home or School Integrated with solar roof top: http://goo.gl/wGjVG

High level architecture of Internet Networks to survive Climate Change: http://goo.gl/juWdH

Architecture and routing protocols for Energy Internet http://goo.gl/niWy1g


Monday, January 25, 2010

Cybera to deploy solar powered data center node for Earth Observation Science

Cybera to Host Solar-Powered Node in Canada's First "Green" Internet

http://cybera.ca/cybera-host-solar-powered-node-canadas-first-green-internet

(January 25, 2010 – Calgary, AB) – Cybera, a non-profit organization accelerating Alberta's competitive advantage research and development, will host the Calgary node for Canada’s first “green” powered internet network. The GreenStar Network Project, an alliance of Canada's leading IT companies, universities and international partners, has been funded by CANARIE, Canada’s research and innovation network, to develop an internet network where the nodes will be powered entirely by wind and solar energy.

GreenStar nodes are small datacentres-in-a-box which are solar-powered and connected to the research network infrastructure with optical fibre. Cybera will install, configure and maintain a solar-powered node in Calgary as part of the GreenStar Network. Cybera is investigating host locations in the University of Calgary’s Research Park.

"This ties in perfectly with Cybera's mandate to support and drive the development of innovative cyberinfrastructure," said Robin Winsor, Cybera President and CEO. "At the same time, it lets us contribute to the goal of building sustainable, energy-smart infrastructure."

GeoChronos, a Cybera project enabling Earth Observation Science researchers to share scientific data and applications via a web portal, will be one of the GreenStar Network’s first users. In 2008, GeoChronos received approximately $900,000 from CANARIE in the first round of its Network-Enabled Platforms program. CANARIE continues to be a supporter of GeoChronos. The Grid Research Centre at the University of Calgary, a Cybera partner, will contribute to the GreenStar Network’s research into carbon-based management of virtual machine mobility. The network’s rollout, led by the Université du Quebec's École de technologie supérieure (ETS) in Montreal, began this month.

"We are incredibly proud to launch the GreenStar Network under the leadership of CANARIE’s Green IT Pilot program,” said Dr. Mohamed Cheriet, Director of Synchromedia at ÉTS and spokesperson for the GreenStar Network. “The GreenStar Network has come together to develop low-carbon technologies, including renewable energy like wind and solar-powered networks, virtualization, carbon quantification procedures, and tools to ensure ICT’s carbon footprint remains under control and doesn’t increase as the world becomes more and more reliant on information and communications technologies."

CANARIE’s Green IT Pilot program has allocated $2.4 million in funding for four ground-breaking Green IT projects aimed at reducing ICT’s carbon footprint and measuring the impact of ICT and cyberinfrastructure on university electrical consumption. The Greenstar Network was the program’s largest funding recipient, receiving $2 million to develop its data network.

"CANARIE has always been a global leader in high-speed networks that enable research and innovation. Now, these Green IT initiatives demonstrate how CANARIE is once again trailblazing the next evolution of networks that are committed to both high performance and the environment," said CANARIE President Guy Bujold.

Participants in the GreenStar Network Project include the Canadian Standards Association, Climate Change Services; the Grid Research Centre, University of Calgary; RackForce Networks Inc.; Prompt Inc.; BastionHost Inc.; Cybera Inc.; Université du Québec a Montréal; ideal Consulting Inc.; Communications Research Centre; and Inocybe Technologies Inc.

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