ETIBLOGG at the European Utility Week – a review
Paris, 12.11.2019 – 14.11.2019
From Tuesday, 12th of November until Thursday, 14th of November 2019, the European Utility Week (EUW) took place in Paris. Around 10,000 visitors and 350 exhibitors came together. During the three days of the trade fair, innovative inventions and projects concerning intelligent solutions for the local energy trade were presented – ETIBLOGG being one of them.
Presenting the blockchain demonstrator
At the trade fair booth (L149) of Smart Service World II, projects included in the respective technology program were presented. The ETIBLOGG project proudly presented its trade fair demonstrator. The ETIBLOGG demonstrator is a mobile system simulating a micro grid consisting of local participants. The demonstrator’s three battery systems simulate the local participants’ energy production and consumption. The first battery represents a photovoltaic plant as a producer, the second one symbolizes a consumer, for example a bakery, and a third one acts as a classic prosumer with a home storage system. Visitors could observe the energy exchange as visualizations on a nearby screen. The ETIBLOGG team answered questions of booth visitors and explained more details of the project.
Another possibility for the visitors to learn about ETIBLOGG was Michael Merz’ talk on Wednesday, 13th of November. The presentation “ETIBLOGG – Real-time energy trading in local grids” was about the current status of the research project, the participating partners and what the project’s next steps. The audience’s great interest in this talk is yet another example of the great relevance and need for sustainable and future-oriented energy supply solutions.
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After the first half of the research project ETIBLOGG the team presents the demonstrator at the European Utility Week trade show
Five companies and three research institutes cooperate on a blockchain-based solution to fully automate the real-time-trade of small quantities of energy. The aim is to implement a local and net-usable energy trade. Therefore, a blockchain device (BCD) has been developed to help establish an intelligent connection from the market to the physical reality. For this to work, every member in the market needs to connect via a BCD with the peer-to-peer-network. Current plant parameters such as photovoltaics or the charge of a battery can be processed to trade-relevant information via the BCD. Based on this information, participant-specific purchase or sales orders can then be placed on the local energy market. In addition, it is possible to use market data for plant control which can result in business benefits for the participants. At the same time, however, network-related flexibility potentials can also be achieved, which are becoming increasingly necessary, especially in the continuous expansion of renewable energies.
Building of the trading fair demonstrator
The ETIBLOGG demonstrator is a mobile model system acting as a micro grid consisting of local participants. Their producing and consuming behavior is simulated by three battery systems included in the trading fair demonstrator. The first battery represents a photovoltaic plant as a producer, the second one symbolizes a consumer, for example a bakery, and a third one acts as a classic prosumer with a home storage system.
To perform the real-time energy trade via blockchain, fully automated trading agents come into action. These can be configured individually and represent every market member. The trade then takes place via a blockchain-based P2P-network. After the trading process has been completed, the BCD initiate a plant control and therefore the physical exchange of electricity between producer and consumer.
Presenting the demonstrator at the European Utility Week (EUW)
ETIBLOGG is part of the Smart Services World II booth (L140) at this year’s European Utility Week in Paris. Visitors can observe the physical exchange and trade of small energy amounts via blockchain technology between the mock-up microgrid users live at the booth. The data exchange between electricity producers and consumers is displayed graphically on a screen. What’s new is that the visitor can see the blockchain processes illustrated by a hands-on example set-up: If the photovoltaics unit produces electricity, it sends a respective sales order into the blockchain. A consumer – such as a bakery – can accept the order via the blockchain and cover its electricity needs. In a next step the electricity is delivered physically.
In the second project phase, ETIBLOGG plans to implement the lessons learned from this demonstrator setting to a real live application – a so-called real-life lab.
ETIBLOGG application Areas
The technological findings from the ETIBLOGG project can be applied to trading electricity locally. This contributes to avoiding local bottlenecks in the electricity infrastructure and reduces the need to export and import electricity from higher network levels. Additionally, ETIBLOGG enables the isolated operation of microgrids.
Depending on the exact set-up, the participants can for example be electricity producers (renewable or fossil based), consumers or third-party traders, offering surplus energy on spot markets and managing balancing groups of different market participants.
ETIBLOGG consists of several companies and research institutions from all over Germany. Every single one of them is contributing their expertise to the ETIBLOGG project. Consortium leader is GETEC ENERGIE GmbH from Hanover. The other project partners are: Consider it GmbH, ESMT Berlin, Fraunhofer IISB, Mixed Mode GmbH, NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH, PONTON GmbH and the University of Hamburg.
You are welcome to visit ETIBLOGG at the booth of Smart Services World II (L140) during the European Utility Week. You can also contact us before the trade show and make an appointment.
Meeting of ETIBLOGG consortium on October 14th, 2019
On October 14th 2019, the ETIBLOGG consortium meeting took place in GETEC ENERGIE’s headquarters in Hannover. In addition to the eight project partners, representatives of the project sponsor DLR and accompanying research were present. The aim of the meeting was to present the results and experiences of the past months to all participants. Thus, each leader of the six work packages presented the goals, milestones, outcomes, risks, and the next steps in detail to the participants. Additionally, the involved scientific research institutions presented their first results:
– Functional test environment at Fraunhofer IISB in Erlangen
– Creation of a requirement catalog and associated goals to test the demonstrator
– Overview of the actual standpoint of the blockchain -technology
– Report regarding the blockchain-implementation
– Establishment of the trading framework and the specification of associated intersections
In addition, the ESMT presented the first results of the qualitative interviews to the business models. The University of Hamburg gave first insights into the bibliometric analysis regarding “Blockchain & Energy”.
The major highlight of the consortium meeting was the presentation of the trade fair demonstrator which will be presented in more detail to a broad expert audience at the European Utility Week trade fair in Paris in mid-November. The trade fair demonstrator’s objective is to tangibly illustrate the connection between controllable plants and trading via the blockchain using the blockchain devices. A small and independent microgrid – consisting of three batteries and associated blockchain devices – is set up within the trade fair demonstrator. During demonstration, the blockchain devices – consisting of standard Raspberry Pis – control battery systems and precisely set predefined load curves. The integration of the trading logic is the next important step in the following days to complete the trade fair demonstrator. Then, a real-time trade in small quantities of electricity via Blockchain technology can physically be tracked at the trade fair demonstrator.
In the concluding part of the meeting the members learned about the procedure regarding the transfer of the results and the public relations activities. The next steps were discussed together. Before going on to the final question round, the accompanying research presented the past and upcoming activities.
The meeting showed every participant that the project ETIBLOGG is implemented successfully so far. The consortium looks forward to the next steps within the project. Subsequent to the meeting, the project team executed integration tests with the focus on implementing the trade logic on the single Blockchain devices.
ETIBLOGG joined the Accelerator Days 2019
ETIBLOGG participated on the Workshop „Querschnittsthemen der Smart Service Welt II“ which took place on 13th September 2019. The focus of the event was on legal as well as IT security aspects. One workshop explained how data protection and other information security can be combined in a company. In the workshop “Information Security in Digital Platforms” each project had the opportunity to limit its own digital platform to the individual core elements. The ETIBLOGG team then asked themselves what the requirements for relevant core modules (e.g. cloud infrastructure, blockchain technology) and what the security measures to minimize threats are. To conclude, there was an insight into the former GDPR and initial information on the e-Privacy Regulation. In between there was again a lively exchange among all SSW II projects and the accompanying research.
Hamburg’s Senate recognizes ETIBLOGG as a flagship project for blockchain technology
Four ETIBLOGG project partners (consider it GmbH, NXP NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH, Ponton GmbH und Universität Hamburg) have been part of an advisory committee to Hamburg‘s Senate. The city state’s governing body sought to investigate opportunities of Blockchain technology. All four Hamburg-based project partners participated in workshops on the topic and shared experiences from the ETIBLOGG project. Excerpts from the ETIBLOGG project proposal even became part of the official document resulting from the consultations with blockchain experts.
Find out more about it here.
ETIBLOGG now on Xing and LinkedIn
ETIBLOGG has now profiles on LinkeIn and Xing. We will inform you about news regarding ETIBLOGG – come and get connected with us!
ETIBLOGG in ener|gate messenger+
An article about ETIBLOGG written by Micheal Merz (Ponton) is published in ener|gate messenger+. Under the title “Blockchain ermöglicht Flexibilität und lokalen Handel” ETIBLOGG is named as an example for local and decentralized energy trade. Unfortunately there is only a german version available, but it is readable for free under the following link: