Plug&Chain

The project aims at developing a comprehensive solution for shared self-consumption management in local energy communities, with particular focus to peer-to-peer renewable energy distribution.

The high price of storage solutions is still a barrier for the efficient use of locally produced energy, asrenewable energy is generated independently of consumption needs, and there’s often a mismatch between generation and demand.

One of the innovative solutions to limit overproduction and overcome storage barriers is to share the produced energy with the neighbours. It is the general principle of collective and shared self-consumption, wherevarious actors combine energy production capacities. The actors may be producers, consumers, or both, and may have different renewable energy resources or even different capacities. At the end of each month, community members will pay or receive payments based on the amount they consume, and on the energy produced.

In order to make a collective self-consumption possible, the current infrastructure (electrical network) must be adapted to integrate distributed energy generation (smart network).

To ensure transparency end enhance trust among the actors, billing, will be managed by blockchain technology, that  secures efficient energy transactions in a fraud-resilient and automated way, while eliminating any intermediaries’ costs.

  • Start Year: 2020
  • Funding: Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI)

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