Two firms have demonstrated the connection of solar panels and environmental sensors to a blockchain-powered network. Energy blockchain non-profit Energy Web Foundation and wireless communications provider Wirepas demonstrated solar panels and sensors from at least three separate hardware manufacturers connected to a decentralised wireless mesh network.

Claire Henly, Managing Director at Energy Web Foundation, said on 6 November: “This proof of concept […] allows us to evolve from an energy blockchain as a glorified ledger for transaction settlement data, for example, to a much more dynamic environment in which all manner of grid edge devices become direct active participants in energy markets.”

Energy Web Foundation