US Government Lab Looks to Blockchain for P2P Energy

Blockchain startup BlockCypher has partnered with a U.S. Department of Energy lab to develop solutions allowing energy transactions to be settled across multiple blockchains.

The energy agency’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and BlockCypher first plan to demonstrate peer-to-peer energy transactions involving distributed energy resources (DER) over the dash cryptocurrency network between two test homes in the NREL’s energy facility, said Dylan Cutler, senior engineer for the initiative at NREL.

He said in a release:

“Blockchain technology presents a transformative and highly scalable platform for enabling distributed energy markets, which could enable DER to interact more effectively with the larger grid. These interactions include more efficient demand response, capacity reserves, power quality support.”

According to Karen Hsu, head of growth at BlockCypher, people can exchange renewable energy peer to peer with the project’s technology. “This would be important in a natural disaster or when the grid goes down for extended periods, just like weve seen last year across the U.S.,” she said.

The solution – which is planned to be blockchain agnostic – would also help streamline energy consumption by matching power generation with demand, and reducing power deficits during times of high energy usage, Hsu added…

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