Renewable Energy Provisioning for ICT Services in a Future Internet

Publication Type:

Book Chapter

Source:

2011 Edition of the Future Internet Assembly Book Future Internet: Achievements and Promising Technology, Springer (2011)

Keywords:

Future Internet, green ICT, Green Star Network, Mantychore FP7

Abstract:

As one of the first worldwide initiatives provisioning ICT
(Information and Communication Technologies) services entirely based on
renewable energy such as solar, wind and hydroelectricity across Canada and
around the world, the GreenStar Network (GSN) is developed to dynamically
transport user services to be processed in data centers built in proximity to
green energy sources, reducing GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions of ICT
equipments. Regarding the current approach, which focuses mainly in reducing
energy consumption at the micro-level through energy efficiency
improvements, the overall energy consumption will eventually increase due to
the growing demand from new services and users, resulting in an increase in
GHG emissions. Based on the cooperation between Mantychore FP7 and the
GSN, our approach is, therefore, much broader and more appropriate because it
focuses on GHG emission reductions at the macro-level. Whilst energy
efficiency techniques are still encouraged at low-end client equipments, the
heaviest computing services are dedicated to virtual data centers powered
completely by green energy from a large abundant reserve of natural resources,
particularly in northern countries.

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