IKEA to launch SolarVille blockchain microgrid project

By Sophie Chapman
The Swedish furniture retailer, IKEA, is launching a blockchain-powered solar microgrid project. The project, which has been titled SolarVille, is bein...

The Swedish furniture retailer, IKEA, is launching a blockchain-powered solar microgrid project.

The project, which has been titled SolarVille, is being developed by the company’s innovation lab, Space 10.

“SolarVille is an ambitious yet fully realisable vision for the future. More specifically, it’s a working prototype of a miniature neighbourhood completely powered by solar energy,” stated Space 10.

“Built to a 1:50 scale, some households generate their own renewable energy using solar panels, while others automatically purchase excess electricity directly from the producer using blockchain technology.”

“The result is a model of a self-sufficient, community-driven microgrid where people trade renewable, affordable energy from one another according to their individual needs.

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SolarVille will work in six steps – adding sunshine, installing solar panels, installing a storage system, distributing the energy, regulating the system with blockchain technology, and assembling the off-the-grid energy system.

Users will be able to generate excess energy after installing more solar panels or consuming less power.

The projects partners include Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC), WeMoveIdeas India, Blocktech, Temporal, and SachsNottveit.

“It’s an almost impossibly expensive task to reach these people with the centralised energy networks we have in place today, often because they’re too slow and economically adequate to reach those locked in energy poverty,” Space 10 continued.

“SolarVille aims to showcase that, when combined, technologies such as solar panels, micro-grids and blockchain open new opportunities for off-grid systems—allowing people to leapfrog traditional grid electricity.

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