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
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Iceland to host supercomputer for universities and researchers in Scandanvian countries
[Here is a great example of how research supercomputing and clouds can be hosted in remote environments that use only renewable energy.
The carbon footprint and energy savings are dramatic compared to any attempt at energy efficiency. It is the type of solution that will be needed for next generation of exascale computing. A CANARIE funded study undertaken by McGill University and San Diego Super Computer showed that such a strategy be undertaken by the Scandinavian universities and research centers could reduce overall costs by as much as 75% and CO2 emissions by 100%. This represents dollars savings worth tens if not hundreds of millions dollars per year. In an era of drastic funding cuts to universities these type of savings could be redirected into essential research and education programs at our universities. http://green-broadband.blogspot.ca/2011/03/relocating-data-centers-to-colder.html
More recently SURFnet demonstarted how using how high speed R&E optical networks make it possible for researchers at universities in the Netherlands to access green clouds and supercomputers in Icealand for data intensive science http://green-broadband.blogspot.ca/2011/08/surfnet-pilots-green-cloud-service-for.html
Icelands’s Thor Data Center will host a new supercomputer being developed for the National High Performance Computing organizations of Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Iceland.
The pilot initiative will test the use of remote hosting for supercomputing to overcome energy challenges. It will see compute being brought to the energy source instead of the other way around, which is more typical in a supercomputing environment.
Thor Data Center said it uses 100% green energy, with energy provided through hydroelectric generation or from geothermal power plants and wind power.
It also makes use of Iceland’s cool climate, using free-air cooling.
Few details were provided about the size of the supercomputing project, for the Danish Center for Scientific Computing, the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing, UNINETT Sigma and the University of Iceland, but a release by Thor hinted that this could be the first hosted supercomputer project of many in the Scandinavian region.
“In the long term, joint large scale procurements and energy efficient placement of supercomputers will be increasingly advantageous for the Scandinavian countries, as well as to Iceland. It increases value for money as well as the possibility to develop new advanced competencies within shared operations of remote computing,” Thor said.
The 28,000-sq-ft Thor Data Center is only 10 minutes from Reykjavik and has a Tier III mechanical infrastructure with 3.2MVA power feeds, but is capable of 6.4MVA.
R&E Network and Green Internet Consultant.
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