Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number EP/P031854/1
Title Distributed Ledgers and Decentralised Energy in Sub Saharan Africa
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 25%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 50%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 25%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Development Studies) 25%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 25%;
Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Other Systems Analysis) 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 25%;
Principal Investigator Dr JJ Cross
No email address given
School of Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 February 2018
End Date 31 January 2020
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £485,287
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Scotland
Programme Digital Economy : Digital Economy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr JJ Cross , School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh (99.996%)
  Other Investigator Dr NS Wade , Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr M Hazas , Computing, Lancaster University (0.001%)
Professor P Olivier , Computing Sciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr K Montague , Sch of Computin, Newcastle University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , ElectriCChain, Andorra (0.000%)
Project Contact , GSM Association (GSMA) (0.000%)
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Abstract The global mobile phone industry has emerged as an important partner in achieving the UN's goals of sustainable energy access for all in Sub Saharan Africa. Support for mobile enhanced energy services in the region driven by the Groupe Sp ciale Mobile Association (GSMA), which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. The GSMA has identified distributed ledger technologies as a key area of interest with the potential to transform existing business models for decentralised or off grid energy services in sub Saharan Africa and accelerate access to sustainable energy services. To this end GSMA's Mobile for Development Utilities division is currently seeking to better understand and evaluate the potential impact, applications, use cases, benefits and costs of distributed ledgers for energy service companies and customers, with the goal of leveraging its strategic partnership with the Department for International Development to resource future trials and to catalyse private sector investment. Working in partnership with the GSMA's Mobile for Development Utilities programme and ElectriCChain, developers of the SolarCoin Blockchain, this 24 month research project brings together a team of electrical and electronic engineers, human-computer interaction specialists, and social anthropologists to explore the potential for distributed ledger technologies to accelerate access to off grid solar energy in Sub-Saharan Africa by delinking current business models from existing mobile money payment infrastructures and third parties, creating new models for incentivising and rewarding the installation of off grid solar, and developing new peer-to-peer business models
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Added to Database 13/11/18