Green Internet and Cyber-infrastructure Overview
Governments around the world are wrestling with the challenge of how to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The current preferred approaches are to impose carbon taxes and implement various forms of cap and trade. However another approach to help reduce carbon emission is to “reward” those directly who reduce their carbon footprint and complement their existing lifestyle. One possible reward system is to provide homeowners with free fiber to the home or free wireless products and other electronic services such as ebooks and eMovies if they deploy micro renewable energy sources for their ICT equipment and use eVehicles for energy transportation. Not only does the consumer benefit, but this business model also provides new revenue opportunities for small businesses, network operators, and eCommerce application providers.
Linking renewable energy with the Internet using 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. For more details please see:
How North American suburban sprawl could be the answer to global warning: http://goo.gl/UDz37
Free High Speed Internet to the Home: http://goo.gl/wGjVG
High level architecture of Building Zero Carbon Networks: http://goo.gl/juWdH
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Details on building an "Energy Internet"
[I have put together a compendium of material on building the future “Energy Internet” which can be found at http://goo.gl/8HyNb.
There is a lot of interesting working going on in this field in New Zealand and China. Internet engineers have long recognized the value of packet based networks, as they have many advantages over circuit based network architecture such as the ability to easily route around failures, to make more efficient use of network resources and to put the user or end device in control of the network.
In theory, building packet based energy delivery systems would also potentially enable a variety of new economic models or services. But the biggest challenge is finding a technology that would allow large power loads to be delivered and routed independent of each other from supplier to consumer. It is hard to imagine building an Ethernet switch or router that can process and handle packets of several hundred kilowatt-hours of power. However a number of companies are recognizing that the electric vehicle may be the ideal “packet” based power delivery system, which has the added advantage of already having an existing network infrastructure in place made up of our roads and highways. Rather than charging the eVehicle from stationary charging systems at home or business using power from the utility grid as is done today, a simpler architecture would be charge the vehicle as it moves, either through induction coils, or ultra-capacitor discharge umbrellas located every few kilometers or at stop lights and drive-through fast food restaurants or banks.
Not only do these systems provide power to the transport vehicles they can also be used to store and forward, or route power with every passing vehicle to enable delivery of power from a given source to destination. To date the deployment and adoption of electric vehicles has been hindered as they been simply seen as a one to one replacement for the traditional gas vehicle. But if the eVehicle could also be used not only for transportation, but as a low cost alternative to the utility grid, then it might have a much greater take up rate, as well as eliminating range anxiety.
Some additional pointers:
• Green Investment Opportunity for small business - on the move electric car charging
• How California suburban sprawl could be the answer to global warming
• Packet Based Energy Delivery Systems
• The "Energy Internet" - how the Internet + renewable energy can transform the economy
• Electric roads and Internet will allow coast to coast driving with no stopping and no emissions
• A new look at an old idea: Powering autos from overhead wires
Green Internet Consultant. Practical solutions to reducing GHG emissions such as free broadband and electric highways. http://green-broadband.blogspot.com/
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