Zug, Switzerland — 12 June, 2020 — Today Energy Web (EW) has released a set of complementary new papers that share recent evolutions of its core technology stack, the Energy Web Decentralized Operating System (EW-DOS). With versions tailored for both general and technical audiences, the papers illustrate how decentralized technologies like blockchain are already being implemented to accelerate the transition to low-carbon energy systems globally.
Officially launched in December 2019 and built on detailed business and technical requirements from the EW member community, EW-DOS is a full stack of decentralized technologies and tools created for and operated by global energy market participants. EW-DOS provides a digital infrastructure connecting customers, assets, and existing energy-sector information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) systems with energy markets and programs.
EW-DOS now comprises three distinct layers:
1) The Trust layer, which makes EW-DOS open and reliable by providing consensus and immutability via the public Energy Web Chain (EW Chain);
2) The Utility layer or the “middleware” layer of the EW-DOS stack, which simplifies the experience of creating and using decentralized solutions; and
3) The Toolkit layer, which provides open-source templates to speed the development of applications for renewable energy markets, e-mobility programs, and DER market participation.
The evolved EW-DOS architecture and new uses for the Energy Web Token (EWT) are purposefully designed to meet the unique operational and regulatory requirements of energy market participants. Combined, they represent an opportunity to build a new digital infrastructure for the energy sector that will drive innovation as profound as the mobile computing revolution, but with an economic model that enables open-source software developers and infrastructure providers to accrue value as well.
“When we created EW-DOS, we did so with the intention of building a de-facto global standard for digital infrastructure in the energy sector, and 2020 thus far has set us squarely on that path” said Micha Roon, CTO of Energy Web. “In the not-so-distant future, anyone from utilities to startups to individuals will have the ability to quickly and easily create their own applications and deploy them at enterprise scale thanks to the foundation that EW-DOS provides.”
In just over six months, the EW community has launched more than a dozen implementations with partners around the world. For example:
- Austrian Power Grid AG is using EW-DOS to integrate small-scale customers into wholesale balancing markets.
- PTT is using EW-DOS to launch next-generation renewables marketplaces in Southeast Asia, and PJM EIS is doing the same in the U.S.
- sonnen is using EW-DOS to support virtual power plants in Germany.
- Share&Charge is using EW-DOS to build an open e-mobility platform.
About Energy Web
Energy Web is a global, member-driven nonprofit accelerating a low-carbon, customer-centric electricity system by unleashing the potential of blockchain and decentralized technologies. EW focuses on technology integration and development, co-creating standards and architectures, speeding adoption, and building community.
In mid-2019, EW launched the Energy Web Chain, the world’s first enterprise-grade, open-source blockchain platform tailored to the sector’s regulatory, operational, and market needs. EW also fostered the world’s largest energy blockchain ecosystem, comprising utilities, grid operators, renewable energy developers, corporate energy buyers, and others.
Energy Web has become the industry’s leading energy blockchain partner and most-respected voice of authority on energy blockchain.
For more, please visit https://energyweb.org.
Nicole Arnone, Inflection Point Agency for Energy Web
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