DigiBlocks leverages the interconnection between the Internet of Things and Distributed Ledger Technology to enable trusted interaction in smart energy communities.
DigiBlocks is funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) under their 2018 RD&D Programme, grant agreement number 18/RDD/262. DigiBlocks will provide a suite of tools that provides an integrated innovative solution for district energy management, which considers the interaction and integration between the district buildings, the users/citizens and the wider energy system. The DigiBlocks platform, tools, and pilots considered will illustrate Blockchain’s potential both to upset current business models in the energy sector and to redefine stakeholder positions
DigiBlocks will help facilitate the transformation of the energy sector through digitisation and support the fundamental shift in the energy landscape from a rigid centralised infrastructure towards decentralisation and energy-based communities, motivated in part by the increasing penetration of renewables and need for cities to move towards being positive energy districts.
The research project investigates the application of Blockchain technology to district-scale energy services in order to provide a trusted mechanism for data provenance, traceability and verification.
Extract data from existing systems through secure connectors
Automation of business logic using distributed smart contracts
Use of Blockchain technology to create a network of trusted nodes
Building blocks and API's for distributed energy services
The DigiBlocks architecture will leverage existing reference approaches and architectural patterns that represent some common features of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), this will be further enhanced to incorporate the distributed Blockchain network.
The DigiBlocks platform will be developed in the following stages.
Dr. Susan Rea Project Manager
Dr Alan McGibney Technical Lead
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