by Thomas Boersma
With only two months to go, the Blockchain2Business program is starting to take shape. We are proud to announce the first thirteen speakers and to present a more detailed program. But what will we learn from these speakers?
With the prospect of net-metering schemes being abolished eventually, Dutch DSO Stedin expects prosumers to balance their own generation and consumption primarily “behind the meter”. This would result in a self-reinforcing effect which will make the conventional grid-system increasingly unattractive, also known as “the utility death spiral”. Jan Pellis and Michiel van den Berge, from Stedin, will present how their blockchain-based Layered Energy System connects local and nationwide markets to involve customers in the energy system and provide flexibility for all market players.
With over 1300 different cryptocurrencies and counting, it is hard to get a grasp of this rapidly evolving field. Representatives of the SolarCoin, Jouliette and NRG Coin will demystify the use of coins in the energy sector and will show the audience the added value of each of these coins.
Furthermore, Rex Kempcke will join the conference to update us on Enerchain’s progress since the first utility scale blockchain-based trade on the European Utility Week. Electron’s Jo-Jo Hubbard will explain how blockchain technology is utilized to balance the grid through collaborative trading and Alan Tilley will explain how Drift and other utilities can utilize peer-to-peer trading to enhance their business models.
Stedin and Energy21 have designed the layered energy system, which offers a solution to a variety of existing and future energy system problems resulting from energy transition.
PONTON has made significant progress with developing the software and is currently connecting all 33 participants to the blockchain-based decentralised marketplace application. This allows participants to further test new, self-designed products, perform load tests and also to focus on selected energy wholesale products, as well as other business processes, to be shifted to the blockchain.