March 27, 2018 / 9.30 - 4.45pm / techUK, 10 St Bride's St London EC4A 4AD
Early Bird Ended 15 Feb
In Partnership With
Blockchain applications in the energy sector – Making Energy Smarter. How is blockchain changing the energy markets? From peer-to-peer energy trading to tokenising the hardware, is a new wave of blockchain energy start ups leading us to a more sustainable, lower carbon economy? This event showcases leading innovators in the field and explains to newcomers how to harness these technologies for the good of their business, and maybe even of the planet.
Innovators and business leaders are now becoming alert to Blockchain and distributed ledger technology and trying to understand the changes, risks and competitive advantages it may bring to the energy sector. This opening session explains what blockchain is and why is it set to transform the industry by providing an opportunity for both producers and consumers.
Real-world implementation - are we ready?
9.45 - 11.15
Theory is one thing; real-world implementation of blockchain and distributed ledger technology projects is another. What are the hurdles to taking blockchain projects forward from education to funding, from technical challenges to meeting resistance from vested interests, we take a look at the experiences of those who have tried and learn the lessons from their successes and failures.
Moderator: Rodger Oates, Chair, techUK DLT working group
Alpesh Doshi – Founder, Fintricity
Jo-Jo Hubbard – COO, Electron
Sunil Kumar – IBM
11.15 - 11.30am
Coffee break, networking and exhibits
Legal and Regulatory hurdles to Blockchain in the energy sector
11.30 - 12.30
Energy markets are complex and heavily regulated, involving laws on both data protection and consumer protection. How will the adoption of blockchain and DLT projects be affected by the current legal and regulatory framework including the introduction of GDPR? And if peer-to-peer marketplaces are to emerge what impact will financial regulation also have on new entrants to the marketplace? Is policymaking keeping pace with the speed of innovation and, if not, what needs to change to make Europe a more attractive place for blockchain technology to be implemented?
Moderator – Helen Disney – CEO, Unblocked
Imogen Bunyard – Co-Founder, Qadre
Sue McLean – Technology & Fintech Partner, Baker Mckenzie
Aleks Nowak – CIO, BlockEx
12.30 - 1.30pm
A Buffet Lunch and Refreshments will be provided
Start Up Showcase
1.30 - 2.30pm
Showcasing up-and-coming new Blockchain-based use cases and applications in energy from the leading startups.
Moderator – Genevieve Leveille, OTenTic8.
Peter Davies – CEO & Founder, Verv
Other speakers to be announced.
Global Champions of Blockchain
2.30 - 3.30pm
Blockchain projects are already becoming a reality around the world from using solar-powered drones in remote part of Papua New Guinea to developing a proof-of-concept system for nation-state scale tokenization of energy consumption in Estonia. Hear presentations from cutting-edge blockchain energy champions from around the world and find out the latest on the innovations they are bringing to market.
Emmanuel Marchal – Managing Director, Europe, oversees Global Solutions for ConsenSys
Julien Bouteloup – Flying Carpet (TBC)
Blockchain's environmental impact - harming or saving the planet?
3.30 - 4.30pm
Critics say the energy consumption required to power the Bitcoin network through mining is environmentally unsustainable. According to the Bitcoin energy consumption index, the digital currency already consumes 0.15% of the world’s energy, far exceeding the electricity consumption of Ireland or of most African nations. But could the race to find cheaper energy to mine bitcoin turn the process of using up excess capacity from energy plants into a form of investment, which ends up paying for and accelerating the development of more sustainable forms of energy? And what about blockchain applications which incentivise the use of green energy through tokens? It’s time to ask whether blockchains are really helping or harming the planet.
Steven Campbell – Lead Developer & CTO, ElectriCChain
Steven Campbell is CTO and Lead Developer at ElectriCChain. The ElectriCChain is an Open Solar energy generation data project with an initial focus on verifying and publishing data from the seven million solar energy generators globally on an open Blockchain.
Peter Davies is the CEO & Founder of Verv, machine learning experts in the energy sector. Verv have combined machine learning, IoT and blockchain to create an optimised peer-to-peer energy trading platform that will reduce energy bills and improve access to green energy.
Alastair Marke is an environmental, sustainability and climate finance policy advisor and Secretary-General of the Blockchain Climate Institute. He is also Climate Change Policy Lead for the British Blockchain Association.
Aleks Nowak is CIO of BlockEx, a digital asset exchange platform and ICO Marketplace. BlockEx recently announced that We Power, a blockchain-based green energy trading platform, will be using BlockEx to facilitate its ICO.
Molly Webb is the Founder of Energy Unlocked. She has 18 years of experience in technology startups, environmental and innovation policy. She launched Energy Unlocked in 2015 at COP21 to accelerate the pace of global energy system transitions.
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