Greentech Media: Blockchain Consortium Aims to Create an ‘Energy eBay’

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A U.K. consortium led by blockchain technology developer Electron aims to start testing an “energy eBay” in the first half of this year.

The consortium is looking to test bilateral trading toward the middle of the year, said Electron’s chief operating officer, Joanna Hubbard, who will be speaking at the Blockchain in Energy Forum hosted by GTM in March.

The trading platform will be “a shared marketplace for energy assets to respond to pricing signals,” she said. It aims to support new flexibility markets being launched by grid operators and utilities.

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New Power: Consortium to roll out vehicle-to-grid trials this year

A consortium of Octopus Energy, Octopus Electric Vehicles, Open Energi, UK Power Networks, ChargePoint Services, Energy Saving Trust and Navigant is launching a large domestic trial of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging.

The consortium will roll out vehicle-to-grid charging technology to UK electric vehicle drivers this year. The £7 million project – with £3 million of government funding – will install 135 vehicle-to-grid chargers in a ‘cluster’. Customers will be able take vehicles for a test drive and access a special Vehicle to Grid (V2G) bundle.

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