SolarVille: Democratising Access to Clean Energy
Client: Space10 (IKEA’s research and design lab)
Deliverables: A working prototype of a secure and decentralised energy trading platform for microgrid renewable energy.
BLOC partnered with Space10, IKEA’s research and design lab, to demonstrate how solar panels, micro-grids and blockchain can offer new opportunities for off-grid systems. Visualized in a miniature, wooden village, SolarVille is a working prototype of a self-sufficient, community-driven microgrid where people trade renewable, affordable energy. Using solar panels and artificial sun, some households generate renewable energy, while others automatically purchase excess electricity directly from the producer. The use of blockchain creates a secure and decentralised trading platform for the widespread deployment of renewable, distributed energy resources. Blockchain verifies and records energy transactions and enables people to trade directly on a peer-to-peer basis.
Our joint report, ‘A Brighter Tomorrow’, provides more insights into the research behind SolarVille and makes the case for solar power becoming the viable, sustainable source of energy to help mitigate the effects of climate change.