Oslo2Rome - putting blockchain to the test

20171215

As blockchain develops, it is the real word applications that will drive the technology forward and determine its suitability for wider implementation. And in the energy sector the participation of utilities in such initiatives is crucial, given their key role in the future energy system. Oslo2Rome by EV To put blockchain to the test, the Oslo2Rome initiative was run recently by Innogy and its innovation hub startup MotionWerk to test out a common borderless and contractless electric vehicle (EV) charging network based on the technology. The four-day event, which took place in the last days of November, involved utility and other participants utilising the Share&Charge charge sharing app on routes traversing six countries – Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, France, Austria and Germany. Share&Charge was developed in Germany by innogy in partnership with blockchain startup Slock.it and has been built out subsequently by MotionWerk. In addition to local application, it also is being trialled in California. Oslo2Rome was comprised of five sections, with the participating teams also bringing a selection of different EVs. The Norway-Sweden leg was undertaken by representatives from Fortum from the two countries, who drove from Oslo to Karlsbad. From the Netherlands, participants from distributor Enexis and EV charging infrastructure provider ElaadNL drove from Amsterdam via Arnhem to Essen in Germany. From France, three teams from EDF, its mobility subsidiary Sodetrel and Strasbourg electricity supplier ÉS drove from Nancy via Strasbourg to Freiburg in Germany. From Austria, a team from the energy company VKW illwerke drove from Bregenz via Lake Constance through Germany to Mulhouse in France. From Germany, a team from the regional energy supplier enviaM drove from Chemnitz via Regensburg to Nußdorf in Austria. Use of blockchain in Oslo2Rome 1. Arrive. EV driver A wants to use the Share&Charge app at owner B’s charging station. 2. Connect. The app sends a ‘start’ command to the blockchain network. 3. Initialise. The ‘start’ command is added to a new block on the blockchain. The block is shared between all parties connected with the decentralised Ethereum blockchain. These parties validate the block and render it as valid. 4. Add block. The block is then added to the blockchain, creating a transparent and unalterable record for the charging process. 5. Approve. The charging station listens to all new transactions in the blockchain and finds its ‘start’ command. 6. Charge. The charging station starts charging. Blockchain EV charging During these journeys, some technical problems were encountered by some of the teams. including a battery issue by the enviaM team and a faulty plug socket by the Fortum team at the charging station in Oslo. But none were reported with the blockchain aspects, according to MotionWerk. “Overall, every team was able to successfully arrive at their intended final destination with the use of the Share&Charge app and the blockchain-integrated charging poles,” states the wrap-up report. “We can see that the concept of having a single e-charging network across all of Europe based on blockchain technology is certainly possible and encouraged by the participants.” Features of the technology noted in the wrap-up include a reduction for energy suppliers in the roaming effort associated with the billing process when users charge internationally. Users were able to charge their vehicles at all the charging stations without having to take into account the provider and their terms and conditions and they were able to select any of the charging options and payment methods. They were able also to view their transaction details at any stage of the process. “As well as this, since the information is saved and verified by blockchain technology, no single provider can gain exclusive control of the many charging points,” the report points out. “On the contrary, the continuous synchronisation of all customer information ensures data security while creating an open infrastructure with an impressive range of rates and conditions.” Olso2Rome experiences And some individual utility experiences of the activity? Says Tobias Goodden, Venture Development Analyst, Fortum: “All in all, it was a great experience and demonstrates one successful use case and the great potential for using the blockchain in the emobility sector.” Jan-Peter Doomernik, Senior Business Developer, Enexis: “The exploration of these technologies helps to explore and to be prepared for the future.” Laurent Perez, Project Manager Innovation, EDF Grand Est: “As a regular user of electric vehicles, it is a fantastic application to use blockchain for electric mobility. It is the missing link to make universal charging a reality.” Sven Haase, enviaM: “We demonstrate that emobility is already a reality and it is indeed easy to travel abroad. We believe that this technology has the potential to make charging more comfortable for our customers.” Local energy trading by blockchain Germany also is the location for what is claimed the first municipal utility commissioning of a blockchain-based trading centre for green electricity. In partnership with Swiss energy trader Axpo, Wuppertaler Stadtwerke (WSW) has implemented the Tal.Markt, where customers can source and put together their own mix of electricity from local renewables providers. "The concept has the power to revolutionize electricity distribution," says Andreas Feicht, CEO of WSW, which supplies energy to the more than 350,000 inhabitants of Wuppertal. With the withdrawal of feed-in tariffs under the German Renewable Energy Act, affecting more than 5,000 wind turbines across Germany by 2020, the income these make will be insufficient to cover their operation and maintenance costs according to Feicht, who expresses concern about the possible loss of these assets to the system. "With our model, we are giving wind and solar system operators the opportunity to market their systems directly to the end customer and thus achieve cost covering revenues." Axpo expect to utilise findings from the initiative to further develop its platform, according to the company’s New Energies Division head Christoph Sutter. The concept of local energy sourcing has been gathering momentum through companies including Open Utility in the UK and Vandebron and Powerpeers in the Netherlands, while LO3 Energy. As subsidy changes start to impact the German market, more peer-to-peer initiatives such as this and LO3 Energy’s blockchain based microgrid projects can be expected to emerge. Innogy SE

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