Online course in Nature & Environment

Blockchain in the Energy Sector

Understand how blockchain works, where the technology has come from and why it will empower energy customers like never before.

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Understand the disruptive potential of blockchain in the energy sector

This online course studies the incredibly disruptive potential of blockchain technology in the energy sector. You will look at how blockchain works and start to understand the background, value proposition and geopolitical context that brought it to the center of everyone’s attention.

The course will offer a clear overview of how and why blockchain will take over the energy sector, optimizing old processes and empowering the customers like never before. This will create a new paradigm, where users can buy and sell energy from and to each other.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsMark generates his own energy with his set of PV panels. Today, he's seeing his meter going backwards, as he's generated more than what he consumes.

Skip to 0 minutes and 19 secondsAnd look at that: he's got a nice offer for his energy surplus! It's Sarah, his neighbour. She decided to buy part of Mark's energy. Clean energy at a lower price than the one from the grid. At the same moment, Jonh is driving past their street when he notices his car is low on battery, so he decides to drop by and plug his car in Mark's garage. With just one click on his smartphone, John is able to pay for the energy used and keep on driving!

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsWith these simple actions, they are becoming part of a global network of empowered users, free to administrate both their energy production and consumption in a way never seen before. Lower electricity bills, boosting renewable production, increased security… and everything under the user's control. It’s not sci-fi. It’s b lockchain. The revolutionary technology that changed forever the financial sector, and will soon redefine the way of understanding the energy field. It's the new energy paradigm. If you are moving towards positions in the blockchain business or simply want to discover its potential in the energy sector, this course is made for you. With this course, you’ll learn what blockchain technology really is, and why it’s disrupting all sectors and actors across the value chain.

Skip to 1 minute and 34 secondsWe’ll show you how the users go from mere clients, to managers of their own goods. It’s a technology immune to borders, that guarantees transparency, security and trust. Join us and discover the technology that already changed the rules of the game.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is blockchain?
  • Digital currencies
  • The evolution and future of blockchain
  • Smart contracts and decentralized applications
  • Blockchain in the energy sector: the new paradigm
  • P2P energy trading
  • Blockchain applied to EV charging

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe the characteristics of Blockchain and digital currencies.
  • Explore the potential that smart contracts have in different fields.
  • Synthesise the value proposition of blockchain for a specific company
  • Classify what sectors and in which measure will result heavily affected by blockchain technology

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone who’s interested in learning more about blockchain and/or its role in the energy sector. A technical background or previous knowledge of blockchain is not required.

Who will you learn with?

Oriol Pujoldevall

Oriol Pujoldevall

With a long background in distributed energy generation and electricity markets, Oriol is convinced that Blockchain will be the key component that will bring the energy sector towards its new paradigm

Who developed the course?

EIT InnoEnergy is the European company promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and education in sustainable energy.

EIT Digital seeks to generate significant innovations from top European research results. Their objective is incubation, market uptake and rapid growth of these innovations.


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