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Design of a microgrid local energy market on a blockchain-based information system

Benedikt Kirpes ORCID logo, Esther Mengelkamp, Georg Schaal and Christof Weinhardt


In this paper, we propose a model-based system architecture for an interoperable blockchain-based local energy market for prosumers in a residential microgrid setting. Based on the Smart Grid Architecture Model our analysis deduced 21 organizational, informational, technical and blockchain requirements for a local energy market and its underlying information system. These are evaluated in the Landau Microgrid case study. We derive, that a clear value proposition for the key stakeholders, standardization of data exchange and communication, and a suitable physical implementation are the major challenges.

Funding source: Horizon 2020 Framework Programme

Award Identifier / Grant number: 713864

Funding statement: This research was partly funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 713864 (Project ELECTRIFIC).


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Received: 2019-04-13
Revised: 2019-07-14
Accepted: 2019-08-16
Published Online: 2019-09-10
Published in Print: 2019-04-24

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