Blockchain applications in the energy sector – Making Energy Smarter. How is blockchain changing the energy markets? From peer-to-peer energy trading to tokenising the hardware, is a new wave of blockchain energy start ups leading us to a more sustainable, lower carbon economy? This event showcases leading innovators in the field and explains to newcomers how to harness these technologies for the good of their business, and maybe even of the planet.
Innovators and business leaders are now becoming alert to Blockchain and distributed ledger technology and trying to understand the changes, risks and competitive advantages it may bring to the energy sector. This opening session explains what blockchain is and why it is set to transform the industry by providing an opportunity for both producers and consumers.
Accelerating The Transition to Sustainable Glocal Economies
10.00 - 10.30am
An opening speech presented by John Henry Clippinger, Founder of Swytch
Real-world implementation - are we ready?
10.30 - 11.30
Theory is one thing; real-world implementation of blockchain and distributed ledger technology projects is another. What are the hurdles to taking blockchain projects forward from education to funding, from technical challenges to meeting resistance from vested interests, we take a look at the experiences of those who have tried and learn the lessons from their successes and failures.
Moderator: Rodger Oates, Chair, techUK DLT working group
Alpesh Doshi – Founder, Fintricity
Jo-Jo Hubbard – COO, Electron
Sunil Kumar – Blockchain Lead for Energy, IBM
Professor David Shipworth – UCL Energy Institute
11.30 - 11.45am
Coffee break, networking and exhibits
Legal and Regulatory hurdles to Blockchain in Energy
11.45 - 12.45
Energy markets are complex and heavily regulated, involving laws on both data protection and consumer protection. How will the adoption of blockchain and DLT projects be affected by the current legal and regulatory framework including the introduction of GDPR? And if peer-to-peer marketplaces are to emerge what impact will financial regulation also have on new entrants to the marketplace? Is policymaking keeping pace with the speed of innovation and, if not, what needs to change to make Europe a more attractive place for blockchain technology to be implemented?
Moderator – Imogen Bunyard – Co-Founder, Qadre
Sue McLean – Technology & Fintech Partner, Baker Mckenzie
Aleks Nowak – CIO, BlockEx
Laura Sandys – Founder, Challenging Ideas
Molly Webb – CEO and Founder, Energy Unlocked
12.45 - 1.30pm
A Buffet Lunch and Refreshments will be provided
Start Up Showcase
1.30 - 2.30pm
Showcasing up-and-coming new Blockchain-based use cases and applications in energy from the leading startups.
Moderator – Genevieve Leveille, OTenTic8.
Omar Rahim – CEO & Co-Founder, Energi Mine
Guillaume Marchand – Founder, Irene Energy
Peter Davies – CEO & Founder, Verv
Alastair Hutson – Founder, Zero Carbon Project
Global Champions of Blockchain
2.30 - 3.30pm
Blockchain projects are already becoming a reality around the world from using solar-powered drones in remote parts of Papua New Guinea to developing a proof-of-concept system for nation-state scale tokenization of energy consumption in Estonia to Dubai’s work on becoming the first blockchain city. Hear presentations from cutting-edge blockchain energy champions from around the world and find out the latest on the innovations they are bringing to market.
Blockchain's environmental impact - harming or saving the planet?
3.30 - 4.30pm
Critics say the energy consumption required to power the Bitcoin network through mining is environmentally unsustainable. According to the Bitcoin energy consumption index, the digital currency already consumes 0.15% of the world’s energy, far exceeding the electricity consumption of Ireland or of most African nations. But could the race to find cheaper energy to mine bitcoin turn the process of using up excess capacity from energy plants into a form of investment, which ends up paying for and accelerating the development of more sustainable forms of energy? And what about blockchain applications which incentivise the use of green energy through tokens? It’s time to ask whether blockchains are really helping or harming the planet.
Steven Campbell – Lead Developer & CTO, ElectriCChain
Alastair Marke – Head of Blockchain Innovations (Climate Change), Abt Associates & Secretary-General, Blockchain Climate Institute
Guillaume Marchand – Founder, Irene Energy
Moderator – Helen Disney, Founder, Unblocked
Closing remarks from the Chair
Wrap up and closing remarks from the chair.
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Nick Beglinger is co-founder and CEO of the Cleantech21 foundation (C21). His focus area is sustainable development at the crossroads of finance, innovation, and regulation. At COP22 in Marrakesh 2016, Nick co-founded the Climate Ledger Initiative (CLI), bringing distributed ledger technologies to UNFCCC.He is also part of the IOTA Foundation, the Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation, and WWF’s Leaders for Nature.
Steven Campbell is CTO and Lead Developer at ElectriCChain. The ElectriCChain is an Open Solar energy generation data project with an initial focus on verifying and publishing data from the seven million solar energy generators globally on an open Blockchain.
John Clippinger is Chief Innovation Officer and Founder at Swytch.io. He recently founded the Token Commons Foundation in Zug Switzerland where his team is developing commons based protocols for decentralized governance and self-sovereign identity and the issuance of Swytch as a utilization token to accelerate the equitable transition to sustainable energy on a global scale.
Peter Davies is the CEO & Founder of Verv, machine learning experts in the energy sector. Verv have combined machine learning, IoT and blockchain to create an optimised peer-to-peer energy trading platform that will reduce energy bills and improve access to green energy.
Alastair Marke is Head of Blockchain Innovations (Climate Change) at Abt Associates and Secretary-General of the Blockchain Climate Institute. He is also Climate Change Policy Lead for the British Blockchain Association.
Aleks Nowak is CIO of BlockEx, a digital asset exchange platform and ICO Marketplace. BlockEx recently announced that We Power, a blockchain-based green energy trading platform, will be using BlockEx to facilitate its ICO.
Laura Sandys is the CEO of Challenging Ideas. She is an innovator and former MP who seeks to challenge incumbent thinking in public policy and business in order to increase competition, productivity and creativity.
David Shipworth is Professor of Energy and the Built Environment at the UCL Energy Institute. He is Vice-chair for Strategy and Task Development in the International Energy Agency’s Demand Side Management Technology Collaboration Programme, and is also the UK Government’s Industry and Academic representative to this TCP.
Molly Webb is the Founder of Energy Unlocked. She has 18 years of experience in technology startups, environmental and innovation policy. She launched Energy Unlocked in 2015 at COP21 to accelerate the pace of global energy system transitions.
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