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
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Network and Telecommunication protocols for the Energy Internet
[Bruce Nordham of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed some very exciting concepts on the networked and telecommunications protocols for the future “Energy Internet” or what he calls “Building Networks”.
He rightly recognizes that most of today’s “Smart Grid” protocols are focused around the needs of the electrical utility and its transmission system. While in reality we need a set of protocols that focus on much more distributed set of peer to peer energy sources and sinks. These protocols will be particularly important as the eVehicle becomes an alternate energy transport system to the electrical grid.
The challenge we face with the future Energy Internet, in many ways parallels the development of Internet protocols. On one hand you have the IETF which is focused on developing protocols that enable and empower the end user – which has resulted in an explosion of innovation and new products and services. In contrast you have the ITU whose focus has been developing protocols that enable and empower the telco/cableco to control and manage the customer experience(e.g. NGN), where the end user is seen no more than a dumb consumer. It is no surprise that most authoritarian governments and dictators favor the ITU approach.
We are seeing similar issues with the smart grid, where most of the standards development is focused on tools for the utility and grid operator to manage and control the flow of electricity to and from the grid. Utility are largely focused on reducing costs, and not reducing CO2 emissions, or god forbid empowering the consumer. That is why protocol work of “Building Networks” is so important. – BSA]
Beyond the Smart Grid: Building Networks
The Case against the Smart Grid
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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