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:
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
Monday, January 28, 2013
Taking on established battery makers and making electric vehicles mainstream will require far more radical advances
I have been making this argument for some time. Conventional thinking about batteries and energy efficiency will not get us anywhere close to meaningful carbon reduction.
As I have blogged before eVehicles may be the ideal energy storage and transport medium, as they enable the concept of "packetized energy" to retrieve power from renewable sources along roadways and deliver it to specific destinations. An eVehicle energy distribution system would be a lot smarter than today's dumb electrical grid and its tight integration with dirty power plants. Just as importantly they also address the demand for individual transportation in the developing, as well as the developed world.
Large scale automobile ownership and road infrastructure is seen as the epitome of first world living standards. Most people, regardless of where they live in the world aspire to the freedom and flexibility of owning their own car. eVehicles powered by renewable energy may be the answer. But rather than charging the eVehicle from stationary charging systems at home or business using dirty 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 plates embedded in the road bed every few kilometers or at stop lights and drive-through fast food restaurants or banks.
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. Imagine if your car could be used to deliver free, or almost free green power, from remote stranded power sources such as windmills and hydro facilities, not only to power the car, but also upon arrival at your destination, to power your home or business as well.
The advent of autonomous vehicles means that when the eVehicle is not being used to transport humans it could continue to be used, in off peak times, as an energy transport system transferring renewable power from remote locations to homes and businesses within cities. Less complex "on the move"charging systems could also be deployed.
For more details please see:
Green Investment Opportunity for small business - on the move electric car charging
How California suburban sprawl could be the answer to global warming
Pathway Charging and Why Energy needs to be Free to reduce CO2
Electric roads and Internet will allow coast to coast driving with no stopping and no emissions
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