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 and at the same time reduce our carbon footprint.
Linking renewable energy with high speed Internet using fiber to the home combined with autonomous 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. These new energy architectures will also significantly reduce our carbon footprint. For more details please see:
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: https://goo.gl/24SiUP
Architecture and routing protocols for Energy Internet: http://goo.gl/niWy1g
How to use Green Bond Funds to underwrite costs of new network and energy infrastructure: https://goo.gl/74Bptd
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Must watch video: The Iron Law of Climate Change Policy and why we must move to adaptation
[Here is an excellent video of a lecture given by noted political economist Roger Pielke Jr that powerfully demonstrates the challenge we face in trying to prevent climate change:
http://goo.gl/1QKl0. To date most efforts addressing Climate Change have been focused on mitigation strategies such as increasing energy efficiency and/or using renewable energy sources . The fundamental philosophy of mitigation strategies is that we can still prevent the onset of climate change or at least keep the global average temperature below 2°C to prevent more severe outcomes.
Unfortunately despite the best intentions of many committed individuals and organizations, we are currently headed in the opposite direction. Even where there is political and public acceptance for Climate Change a number of economists argue that the public will never be prepared to make the huge sacrifices and substantial investments to avoid the worst possible outcomes. This is especially true in developing countries who are now starting to experience first world energy consuming life styles. In his this video Roger Pielke explains his famous Iron Law on Climate Change: “When policies on emissions reductions collide with policies focused on economic growth, economic growth will win out every time. “ The unavoidable reality is that policy makers and the public at large are committed to sustaining economic growth, raising society out of poverty, and expanding access to energy. GHG emission reductions will not be achieved by policies that seek to constrict or reduce economic activity.
As such many scientists and thought leaders are starting to argue, given the political climate, and that economic growth will always trump any meaningful economic costs to reduce GHG emissions we need to seriously think the unthinkable: we are unlikely to undertake any meaningful reduction in GHG emission and consequently we must prepare ourselves and society as a whole to adapt to a much warmer planet. President Obama’s National Science Advisor, Dr John Holdren said it most succinctly in his address to the National Climate Adaptation Summit: “Mitigation alone won’t work, because the climate is already changing, we’re already experiencing impacts. Nothing we can do in the mitigation domain can stop it overnight, so a mitigation only strategy would be insanity... we’re going to have to maximize both mitigation and adaptation.”
We don’t have to wait until the end of the century to be seriously affected by Climate Change. Already we are starting to see evidence of such extreme weather events directly linked to climate change such as the 2011 drought in South West United States and Mexico and the 2010 forest fires in Russia. This year’s warm spring in eastern North America, the floods in Pakistan and forest fires in Russia are only a mild precursor to what is expected in the coming decade.
All sectors of society are going to be impacted by these extreme weather events. This is especially true for the ICT sector. Unfortunately most work in the ICT sector is still focused on mitigation largely through energy efficiency. Given the imminent increase in severe weather and other dramatic climate impacts in the coming decade and the years beyond, and with little hope of global political will to deal with the problem, we need to seriously think of an adaptation strategy for ICT, even it is only for a worst case planning analysis. While we should not abandon mitigation strategies such as increased energy efficiency, it is time now to seriously look at how ICT sector itself can “adapt” to a warming planet as well as assist other sectors of society in their adaptation strategies. More importantly any adaptation strategy, should, by its own right, be a complementary mitigation process as well.
Thankfully a number of research groups have been looking at this problem for some time and have been experimenting with adaptation solutions that enable ICT products and networks to survive severe climate change. The foremost example of such an approach is the CANARIE funded GreenStar project led by researchers at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, Canada. The Greenstar project was the first in the world to conceive of deploying what is called a “follow the wind/follow the sun” architecture of a global computing cloud and network where all the compute nodes are powered solely by renewable energy such as solar panels, wind mills and hydro electric power. The system is designed such that when the wind dies, or the sun sets at a given node the computing jobs and tasks are immediately forwarded to another node which has power, located elsewhere in the world over a high speed optical network. The system operates completely independent of the local electrical grid and can provide services regardless of the state of the local power system. Not only is it designed to survive a much warmer planet it is a nearly a low carbon mitigation architecture in its own right. – BSA]
R&E Network and Green Internet Consultant.
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