Replace expensive infrastructure by the logic of insects and smart technologies regarding local needs
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Offers from Fuel Net Voegtli
The growth of distributed energy is picking up speed, allowing even direct purchase/sale of power to third parties. However, there was no model yet for the use of distributed energy in traffic. For this purpose, I propose a model, which is shaped by efficiency and local scarcity. It aims to minimize energy, infrastructure (pipelines/costs) and the time required for fuel search. Collaborative and distributed participants cancel out the local limitations of fuel, thus enabling a market driven by the fuel price. In a distributed fuel supply environment with locally limited resources, the non-trivial problem comes up how a vehicle may find a promising (small) fuel station. By Agent-Based Modelling, autonomous fuel prosumers - organized in local markets open for third parties - will link up. Software-agents represent the actors of the Fuel Net, reacting to the current amount of fuel resp. power consumption of the participants. At fuel (including power) demand, a signal to nearby vehicles invokes a communication process (MANET). When the search fails, near stationary vehicles are checked for fuel (“vehicle to vehicle” fuel supply). The agents, based on algorithms from swam intelligence provide for an ongoing exchange of information concerning positions, fuel availability or external parameters (external sensors). Stationary agents (fuel stations) process the incoming data and determine suitable rules for the evolving entire system. Together, the agents form a kind of “organism”, whose self-organization properties will be implemented stepwise. The supply/consumption infrastructure connects with smart grids. Herein, storage media play a crucial role by determining the power/fuel ratio. Autonomous vehicles of the future will meet the requirements of the Fuel Net with ease, much better than today’s smartphones. The ongoing development of artificial leave/bionic leave will lead to the realization of fuel stations of small houses. Car sharing, 3D Printing and a bunch of new technologies will also be favorable for the concept, which could also be useful for the catalysis of hydrogen cars. Other scarce goods could eventually profit from the model, e.g. water, when distributing water in areas of water shortage.