Many households in both Europe and The Netherlands live in energy poverty. They cannot pay the energy bill. Also they do not have access to local generated energy. Because of this, they are not able to participate the energy transition. Fortunately, more and more people are generating their own energy. For example, via solar panels on the rooftop or by sharing a neighborhood windmill. If we can easily share this energy with others, we ensure that sustainable energy is accessible to everyone.
In 2019, Powerchainger developed a smart dashboard for sharing energy. In collaboration with an energy cooperative and 20 households, we tested how to share local generated energy in a private blockchain environment. In this pilot, participants were able to convert their generated energy into tokens, and share these tokens with non-generating participants. The tokens in the pilot represented both kWh and €’s.
Powerchainger dashboard is a prototype that is connected to the smart meter. In the future, it can be used for incentivizing and monetizing sustainable actions.