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Blockchain is regarded as a revolutionary and transformative technology, potentially disrupting the energy field. What are the current and future applications of blockchain in the renewable energy field? How will it impact current business models? Is it revolutionary or speculative hype? To answer those questions, this conference will bring together developers, utilities, startups, consultants, technology leaders, investors and regulators exploring the present and future of blockchain in renewable energy.
Asia is now becoming a hotspot for blockchain-energy applications. An increasing amount of utilities are doing pilot projects, markets are being liberalized, governments are experimenting with blockchain and an ever-increasing and vibrant startup scene is gaining momentum. With a huge appetite for energy and the increasing penetration of renewable resources, Asia is set to be the perfect place for blockchain-energy applications
To answer those questions, this conference will bring together developers, utilities, startups, consultants, technology leaders, investors and regulators exploring the present and future of blockchain in renewable energy.
Asia is now becoming a hotspot for blockchain-energy applications. An increasing amount of utilities are doing pilot projects, markets are being liberalized, governments are experimenting with blockchain and an ever-increasing and vibrant startup scene is gaining momentum. With a huge appetite for energy and the increasing penetration of renewable resources, Asia is set to be the perfect place for blockchain-energy applications.
08:30 Registration & welcome coffee 09:00 Introduction & opening words LEONCIO MONTEMAYOR PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA SHERYL FOO DIRECTOR VERTECH CAPITAL APAC /// VERTECH CAPITAL 09:15 Keynote: Redefining the Global Economy with Solar and Blockchain Combining blockchain technology and decentralized renewable energy provides an unprecedented opportunity to solve energy poverty, democratise energy access, revolutionize today's dysfunctional and deeply-entrenched centralised energy and financial systems, finally ushering in the true Silicon Age. Blockchain-based finance removes roadblocks to solar proliferation and enables the democratisation and decentralisation of today's global energy systems. Blockchain offers a single, secure financial transnational layer through which value generated from sun, wind, ocean and geothermal energy can be transferred around the world. Combining blockchain and solar can create a positive feedback loop and a global solid-state, passive economy of abundance. ABRAHAM CAMBRIDGE FOUNDER & CEO /// THE SUN EXCHANGE 09:40 State of the Market: The Blockchain-Energy Intersection in Asia This session will provide a bird’s-eye view of the current state of affairs of the blockchain-energy market in Asia. Who are the main players? Investment and M&A trends Existing Projects and Use Cases YUAN-SHENG -YU SENIOR ANALYST /// LUX RESEARCH MARTIN LIM COO /// ELECTRIFY.ASIA 10:20 Coffee break 11:00 Utilities and Regulation in Asia Blockchain threatens to completely disrupt the traditional operations of the energy utility. However, blockchain can also co-exist with utilities. This session will showcase some of the most promising cases for utilities and its corresponding regulation. What are the most common pilot projects and what were their results? What is the lowest hanging fruit? What are the new business models? What are the biggest regulation hurdles to overcome? Elephant in the room: Smart Meters MODERATOR LEONCIO MONTEMAYOR PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA JOSEPH JACOBELLI SENIOR ANALYST /// BLOOMBERG INTELLIGENCE SETTHASIT CHARDGAROON ENGINEER /// EGAT NOBUHISA SAKAI SENIOR RESEARCHER /// KEPCO 11:40 Use case: Peer-to-Peer energy trading. Lessons from Power Ledger's T77 pilot project in Bangkok with BCPG. Peer-to-Peer (p2p) energy trading is the landmark (and most common) application that blockchain promises. In this session we will discuss this use case within the Asian energy landscape. Energy considerations of the consensus mechanisms Who pays for the poles and wires? The new role of the utilities Is this fitting for the Asian markets? How to bridge the physical and digital worlds? VINOD TIWARI HEAD BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & SALES /// POWER LEDGER APICHAI RIDDIBOOT ADVISOR TO THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER /// BCPG GROUP 12:10 Use case: Blockchain as the true enabler of the microgrid. Lessons from LO3's projects in the region. Microgrids are slowly becoming ubiquitous with the proliferation of DERs and storage systems. With all the different types of microgrids possible, blockchain has the potential of becoming the backbone. What are the drivers for local energy marketplaces and microgrids? What are the challenges? What do local energy marketplaces offer? What are the uses cases? Examples of local energy marketplaces in development. BELINDA KINKEAD DIRECTOR AUSTRALIA /// LO3 ENERGY 12:40 Lunch 14:00 Use case: Carbon Credits and Blockchain Blockchain allows for a transparent database between users in the network. In this project, blockchain is used for compiling greenhouse gas inventories and the origination of carbon credits. What are the benefits of blockchain over traditional databases? Is this model replicable in other parts of the world? Streamlining data verification and the certification process. INGO PUHL CO-FOUNDER /// SOUTH POLE GROUP 14:20 Use case: Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) marketplace with blockchain One of the most exciting features of blockchain is the ability to track the provenance of energy sources. How does a blockchain-driven RECs marketplace look like? Opening the doors to all types of consumers. Are there any geographical limitations? How does blockchain compare with current practices? Can blockchain accelerate sustainability targets through a marketplace? SUJIT MATHEW DEPUTY DIRECTOR /// SP GROUP 14:50 Use case: Financing new renewable energy projects With blockchain, renewable energy investment pools can be opened to a whole new set of investors. In this session we’ll discuss how blockchain enables this new source of capital. The power of the crowd ICOs: the new norm or just a fad? Liquidity, IRRs and ROIs Why is blockchain necessary to increase the available capital? MODERATOR LEONCIO MONTEMAYOR PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA NICOLAS PAYEN CO-FOUNDER & CEO /// POSITIVE ENERGY ABRAHAM CAMBRIDGE FOUNDER & CEO /// THE SUN EXCHANGE AMIT SHARMA FOUNDER & CEO /// SPREAD 15:20 Coffee break 16:10 Beyond Blockchain: Breaking Down the Technical Aspects of Scaling Blockchain-to-Energy Applications In this session, we will be exploring some of the most common technical issues that blockchain encounters today. Besides blockchain, other technological alternatives like DAG and Hashgraph are gaining momentum. What is the difference between them? What's stopping blockchain from achieving full-scale adoption in the energy sector Hashgraph: what is it and how does it compare to blockchain? Private and public blockchains: how do they compare? MODERATOR LATHIKA CHANDRA MOULI APAC ENERGY CONSULTANT /// VERTECH CAPITAL YING TONG LAI RESEARCH SCIENTIST /// ETHEREUM FOUNDATION MICHIHITO MATSUDA ADVISOR /// KWH FOUNDATION 16:50 Keynote: The start of a new digital grid Blockchain is not the only technology aiming at the electric power industry. AI, machine learning, neural networks and data science are well on its way to providing alternative solutions. What will the future digital grid look like? RAVI KRISHNASWAMY VP ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT /// FROST & SULLIVAN 17:10 Closing words