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


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
http://green-broadband.blogspot.com/2010/04/green-investment-opportunity-for-small.html

• How California suburban sprawl could be the answer to global warming
http://green-broadband.blogspot.com/2010/12/how-california-suburban-sprawl-could-be.html

• Packet Based Energy Delivery Systems
http://green-broadband.blogspot.com/2011/09/packet-based-energy-delivery-systems.html

• The "Energy Internet" - how the Internet + renewable energy can transform the economy
http://green-broadband.blogspot.com/2011/10/energy-internet-how-internet-renewable.html#more

• Electric roads and Internet will allow coast to coast driving with no stopping and no emissions
http://green-broadband.blogspot.com/2011/05/electric-roads-and-internet-will-allow.html

• A new look at an old idea: Powering autos from overhead wires
http://green-broadband.blogspot.com/2011/03/new-look-at-old-idea-powering-autos.html

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