PhilippinesQtum Foundation Pte has announced that Energo Foundation Pte has implemented the Qtum blockchain platform in its latest cooperation with First Gen, the largest producer of clean energy in the Philippines. This applies to First Gen’s blockchain micro-grid project.

First Gen is one of the biggest producers of clean energy in the Philippines. It recently co-hosted a ‘blockchain + new energy Workshop‘ with De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines, making its the first micro-grid project of its kind.

Kaikai Yang
Kaikai Yang

Through combining the decentralization of blockchain with solar cells, energy storage and other hardware, we hope to accelerate the power reform in off-grid areas and devote itself towards making clean electricity more accessible to residents in remote areas in the near future. We are delighted to partner with De La Salle University University on this case and wish to forge more partnerships with leading players in the cleantech industry,” says Kaikai Yang, founder and CEO of Energo Lab Foundation.

Energo+Qtum and blockchain

At the core of the Energo initiative is the Qtum blockchain platform. This offers a decentralized system designed for the measurement, registration, transaction, and settlement of clean energy in local micro-grids. Energo has donated a hardware system to De La Salle University which can load 10 kilowatts. This promotes the use of green energy on the campus. The system is expected to save up to 1.2 million Philippine pesos in electricity expenditure over the next 20 years.

As the first application of its kind based on the Qtum chain, Energo counts Clean Energy Access Network (the largest decentralized energy organization in India), Power for All and the Alliance for Rural Electrification as its partners.

On the De La Salle University campus microgrid project, Energo makes use of the decentralization of the blockchain to ensure that:

  • users between buildings can directly conduct peer-to-peer electricity transactions
  • the supply and consumption of electricity in each building remains balanced
  • the smart meter system records a series of transactions and ensures the security of data storage.

Energo+Qtum and the latter’s platform

Qtum Foundation is a Singapore-headquartered decision-making body charged with accelerating the development of the Qtum blockchain network and protocol. Qtum’s platform utilizes smart contracts through integration of the Ethereum Virtual Machine. To date more than 50 decentralized applications have been deployed on Qtum across a broad spectrum of sectors including:

  • intellectual property
  • market forecasts
  • healthcare
  • clean energy.

In February Qtum announced its collaboration with the Space Chain Foundation, another decentralized application built on the Qtum chain, to launch a standardized CubeSat. The satellite would carry Qtum’s blockchain software technology on a Raspberry Pi device to provide unique advantages for Qtum users. By launching a satellite into space with a comparatively lighter proof-of-stake algorithm, QTUM can increase its reliability with a future satellite network expansion and lower the cost of industrial usage.

Energo Labs integrates blockchain into the energy sector by establishing Decentralized Autonomous Energy (DAE) communities. It connects energy producers of varying capacities and energy consumers of diverse needs which:

  • increases energy efficiency and reliability
  • eliminates intermediaries of energy trading
  • boosts profits of energy producers and retailers
  • creates values for end users.

In DAE communities, energy is a digital asset that can be traded for several applications: peer-to-peer (P2P), machine-to-machine (M2M), and vehicle-to-micro grid/vehicle-to-grid (V2MG/V2G). Energo envisions to create a truly decentralized autonomous energy community.

What does this mean

Blockchain implementation, for real, is happening (see also Monetago). The evolution from pilots and proofs of concept occurs. A major step forward is on its way.

As Michael Bodson of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation said recently (at the DTCC Fintech Conference): “However, as the hype of blockchain has collided with its realities, expectations have become more rational over its ability to achieve the scale and processing power needed for large-scale solutions. For example, I’m sure you all remember the talk not long ago about using blockchain to perform real-time gross settlement. In a small, immature market – maybe. But in the United States – not a chance, at least right now. At DTCC, we seamlessly process 60 million trades each day, and during peak times like we saw last month, we handled as many as 90 million transactions. It would be impossible to do this today using a distributed ledger.

Blockchain ‘teenages’, but has not yet matured. What is good is that blockchain initiatives are not limited to the so-called ‘first world’. There is as much, if not more, practical activity elsewhere, as this Energo+Qtum example demonstrates

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Charles Brett
Charles Brett is a business/technology analyst consultant. His specialist areas include enterprise software, blockchain and enterprise mobility tech (including metering). Specific industry sectors of interest and experience include finance (especially systems supporting wholesale finance), telecommunications and energy. Charles has spoken at multiple industry conferences, has written for numerous publications (including the London Times and the Financial Times). He was the General Chair of the bi-annual High Performance Systems Workshop, 2005. In addition he is an author and novelist. His Technology books include: Making the Most of Mobility Vol I (eBook, 2012); Explaining iTunes, iPhones and iPads for Windows Users (eBook, 2011); 5 Axes of Business Application Integration (2004). His published novels, in the Corruption Series, include: The HolyPhone Confessional Crisis, Corruption’s Price: A Spanish Deceit and Virginity Despoiled. The fourth in The Corruption Series - Resurrection - has is now available. Charles has a B.A. and M.A in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He has lived or worked in Italy, Abu Dhabi, South Africa, California and New York, Spain, Israel, Estonia and Cyprus.

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