E.DSO 2nd Projects in the Spotlight event
“Blockchain and DSOs: an opportunity for the energy transition?”
On Thursday 18 November, E.DSO organized a webinar titled “Blockchain and DSOs: an opportunity for the energy transition?” as the second event in the “Projects in the Spotlight” series. With more than 200 people registered, the event shed light on the work of E.DSO members’ innovation projects to address challenges in distribution operation by exploring the possibilities within the blockchain technology to help shape the energy sector of the future.
The webinar was opened by David Peters, Board Member of E.DSO and CTO of the Dutch DSO Stedin. He recalled the great role of E.DSO and its associates in being the only DSO association so actively involved in the EU projects activity covering various aspects of the grid evolution and deployment of smart technologies.
This was followed up by Mark Van Stiphout, Deputy Head of Unit in the DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, who underlined the importance of connecting the research output of projects with policy making of using it and as a starting point for future regulatory framework. R&I projects contribute to real innovation in the market and generate acceleration in the sector. The EC is working on the Digitalisation of the Energy System Action Plan and input from projects and the private sector are crucial to speed up the energy transition.
The highlight of the webinar was the presentation of the three projects be CoordiNet, EasyBat and Blockchain Grid and their work regarding blockchain. Under moderation of Dr. José Pablo Chaves Ávila, Deputy Director for Research Development, Institute for Research in Technology, Comillas Pontifical University, the three projects discussed whether the blockchain technology has fulfilled the expectation pronounced towards it.