Taking Control Over The Energy Grids

Taking Control Over The Energy Grids

By Energy CIO Insights | Friday, August 23, 2019

Augmenting blockchain to develop the peer-to-peer trading of energy with decentralized microgrids. It not also saves power but also is cost-effective.

FREMONT, CA: The microgrid is the best way to optimize the demand, consumption, and management of power now more than ever, as the energy sector anticipates investments worth billions for blockchain applications.

The microgrids will offer efficient management of energy, the security of supply, and back-up power to shield against outages in the forms of distributed generation. At a fundamental level, microgrids are primary distribution level networks, which connect various energy resources. These resources include flexible load and demand management systems along with microturbines, PVs, fuels cells, and several energy storage options.

The customizable feature of the microgrids caters to the necessary power demand and can be scaled to a discrete operation for a particular area or a campus, for example. The advantage of the microgrid is its capacity to enter the ‘island mode,’ in order words the ability to function independently of the primary grid. This operation is carried out employing sensors, software manager, and controllers that detach the microgrid from the central power in cases of grid failure or emergencies.

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The latest advancement in microgrids is its augmentation with blockchain. As the renewable energy market grows with a sense of liberty, blockchain technology presents an effective solution. It can simplify the substantially developing, complex, and decentralized transactions among the users, both large and small producers, traders, utilities, and retailers.

The distributed ledger technology can record and track transactions using its revolutionary algorithms to authenticate, secure, and immediate record the transactions for virtually any range in a safe and decentralized approach.

Even though the blockchain microgrid is in its developmental stages, prototypes have been tested with positive results. The technology is more inclined towards peer-to-peer and peer-to-market as it facilitates the transactions among individuals and creates an area-wise market to enhance local energy trading within a specific microgrid. By allowing the households and retailers to trade energy directly, bypassing a utility or other central authority, the excess energy generated by the renewable resources is utilized. A sense of balance is created without causing the need to overload the public or centralized main grid. With many companies being involved in the innovation of blockchain energy tools, the nascent characteristics of the market for peer-to-peer transactions have sprung alive. Blockchain can also be included similarly for transactions among wholesale energy trading and credits for renewable energy trading.

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