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


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Relocating data centers to colder climates can reduce costs by up to 75%

[At the recent On*vector workshop in San Diego, Dallas Thorton of the San Diego Computer Center (SDSC) gave an excellent presentation on the CANARIE funded UCSD-McGill project looking at the overall cost savings by relocating a facility like the SDSC to Canada.
Their analysis shows that such a strategy could reduce overall costs by as much as 75% and CO2 emissions by 100%.  This represents dollars savings worth tens if not hundreds of millions dollars per year. In an era of drastic funding cuts to universities these type of savings could be redirected into essential research and education programs at our universities.

Institutions like CERN in Geneva are investigating this possibility as well as universities in the Boston area  - http://goo.gl/flgHx

One would might conclude that from this study and many others that Canada would have a natural advantage given its close proximity to the US. Unfortunately the high costs of telecom in Canada, because of foreign ownership restrictions, undermines the business case for relocating US data centers to this country.  Telecom costs in Canada are 8 to 10 times higher than they are in the US.  Low cost, ultra high bandwidth connectivity is essential for attracting data centers and can be as important, if not more important than the cost of energy.


--BSA]

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