IEEE International Conference on Communications, Control, and Computing Technologies for Smart Grids
29-31 October 2018 // Aalborg, Denmark

Quo Vadis Blockchain in Energy?


Irene Adamski, Regulatory Affairs Associate at Energy Web Foundation

Sebnem Rusitschka, Founding Researcher at Freeelio

Motivation and scope

This workshop takes stock of current research findings in applying blockchain technology to decentralized energy system challenges and lays out research questions at the cutting edge of Blockchain in Energy.

It has been well over two years since the first energy has been traded between peers, facilitated via blockchain technology. While it was not the first peer-to-peer energy sharing on a (micro)grid, the permissionless nature of the blockchain is what captured the imagination of developers and enthusiast across the global energy sector. For those using and developing decentralized energy resources, like solar rooftops or storage units, it was the first step towards a remodeling of how societies handle energy questions. Since then the community researching and applying blockchain technology in the energy domain has grown quite a lot. Many pilots are underway or being started and we are seeing many collaborations between startups, researchers and innovative corporations. These pioneers are laying the foundations for a globally usable blockchain infrastructure, that satisfies the requirements of transactive energy application everywhere.

We are looking forward to exchanging experiences and ideas, and discussing the findings of invited researchers.

Overall, this workshop aims to assess where we are as a research community and look beyond the horizon.

Date and time: Monday, October 29th, 9:50 – 13:00


9:50 – 10:20        Keynote 1: Dr. Sarah Hambridge, "The potential of blockchain for the grid: The D3A and transactive energy"

10:20 – 11:20     Session with invited papers:

  • Manuel Utz – “Capacity utilization billing for residential microgrids in a future carbon neutral urban district based on Proof-of-Authority implementation of Ethereum blockchain”
  • Yasuhiro Takeda – “Continuous Energy Trading for Power Flow Control in Microgrids”
  • Sebastian Törsleff – “PEAK: Interlacing P2P markets and distribution grid operation”

11:30 – 12:00     Keynote 2: Sebnem Rusitschka “<THE SUN PROTOCOL> A Research Roadmap for Virtual Commodities representing optimal use of Decentralized Energy Resources”

12:00 – 13:00     Panel “Quo Vadis?”: Discussion between the expert research panel and the audience about the current status quo of Blockchain application in energy and the challenges to their implementation, as well as a realistic assessment of their potential going forward.