Prosumerism Driving the Adoption of Blockchain Technology in the Energy Sector

  • The rise in prosumerism and increasing deployment of smart meters are highlighted as main drivers for blockchain technology adoption in the energy sector.
  • The highly distributed energy scenario can be securely and efficiently managed using blockchain technology.
  • The adoption of blockchain in the energy sector has the potential to empower the end user

The recent trends in the energy industry such as the rise in prosumerism and increasing deployment of smart meters have resulted in better data analytics, storage and communication solutions to the energy industry, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan.

The ‘Distributed Energy: Impact of Blockchain on Energy Trading’ report highlights the impact of prosumerism and distributed resources on the energy transaction landscape. These factors have enabled the conventional end users to take part in energy transactions in the form of supporting the grid during peak hours and helping maintain the stability.

This highly distributed energy scenario has its challenges in the form of monitoring and controlling every energy transaction made. These challenges call for better solutions to keep track of the energy exported into the grid and also in helping the transacting bodies reach consensus regarding the amount of power exported.

Blockchain is a distributed, digital data ledger that enables the storage of digital transaction in a secure and highly transparent manner. As each transaction is visible, and each transaction or block is linked to the previous transaction or block, the chain provides clear information about the transactions, including the times at which they occurred. Each block is entered only if a particular set of user defined conditions are met.

The adoption of blockchain in the energy sector has the potential to empower the end user with better visibility over the transaction and help them understand the revenue generation model. This is expected to encourage the participation of more prosumers, enabling a highly distributed energy scenario in a more controlled and secure manner.

Author: GBA News Desk/ESI-Africa Contributor

This article was originally published on ESI Africa and is republished with permission with minor editorial changes.

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