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CANARIE, Canada's advanced network organization, plans to invest C$3 million in a green information technology (IT) pilot program to demonstrate the technological feasibility and business advantages of an internationally distributed zero-carbon cyber-infrastructure facility to be located in the country.

The overall goal of the pilot is to make more extensive use of network services by laying the foundation for a potentially significant cyber-infrastructure architecture that will provide the first steps in supporting the building of a zero-carbon economy.

As cleaner sources of energy - including wind, solar and tidal power - become available and displace greenhouse gas-producing means of generating electricity, the challenge will be to design an information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure that is capable of using these more unreliable sources to power ICT activities.

The pilot will lay a foundation for new business opportunities for industry participants as suppliers of the components required for the facility, and identify revenue opportunities for network operators in testing and validating how to use primarily wind and solar power for a reliable ICT infrastructure that can support identified mission-critical applications.

"Companies and countries that are the first movers to adopt a zero-carbon strategy will be the big winners in the future economy," says Guy Bujold, CANARIE president and CEO. "The CANARIE board of directors believes that the ICT industry sector, as the fastest growing industry sector and the most adaptable, may well be in a good position to move to this new reality."

CANARIE will bring together experts from within Canada and around the world to participate in a workshop March 4 in Ottawa that will define objectives, provide details, and determine a process to identify partners and contributions to the project.

SOURCE: CANARIE Inc.

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