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Reference Number EP/T028564/1
Title EPSRC-SFI: Blockchain transactions in the electricity industry: beyond tokenised energy
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources 10%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy Economics) 90%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 80%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 100%
Principal Investigator Dr T Morstyn
No email address given
Engineering Science
University of Oxford
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 August 2021
End Date 31 August 2023
Duration 25 months
Total Grant Value £176,553
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region South East
Programme Digital Economy : Digital Economy, Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr T Morstyn , Engineering Science, University of Oxford (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , University College Dublin, Ireland (0.000%)
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Abstract Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are underpinned by a computer technology called blockchain, which has existed for around ten years. There are now proposals to use blockchain technologies to allow consumers to buy electricity directly from generators, in the form of tokenised energy.This project will investigate the new opportunities that could arise if the trading of tokenised electricity gains broader adoption. In particular, the project will examine the role another new blockchain technology, known as smart contracts, can play in such a business landscape. Smart contracts allow financial and business arrangements to be codified directly into the blockchain itself, where they execute in a way that cannot be interfered with. This project will explore the potential for deploying smart contracts in various new roles connected with tokenised energy trading, for instance:- to allow trading of other useful electricity services, such as targeting and rewarding reductions of consumption at times of high system stress;- to coordinate the generation and consumption of electricity within local energy communities so they do not burden the physical utility network;- to provide financial functions such as price guarantees for consumers or revenue-sharing schemes for community-owned energy resources.A particular focus of the project will be on renewable energy: can these blockchain technologies speed up the decarbonisation of electricity grids?; and can empowering communities, consumers and renewable generators with new financial tools create a cleaner and more collaborative electricity system?Overall, this project is a forward-looking piece of research which will guide how system operators adapt to blockchain technologies. The goal is give a well-rounded perspective on the full potential value that can be captured, rather than narrowly focusing on just the trading of tokenised energy itself. The project will show how positive interaction effects can arise, so that a vibrant blockchain sector can emerge across the electricity value chain, with each new piece of smart contract functionality complementing and adding value to the entire ecosystem.
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