French energy services company ENGIE and Ledger, the crypto-security and hardware wallet provider announced today an agreement to develop the first secured, autonomous and blockchain agnostic oracle for the energy sector.
The hardware oracle will measure data at the source of green energy production (such as wind turbines, solar panels or hydropower) and safely record it onto the blockchain – to be used for decentralized applications.
The device will be able to connect different blockchains and several decentralized applications at the same time. As security is key to having trustworthy data, the device will include a secure element and an anti-tampering solution, combining ENGIE’s expertise in energy and Ledger’s expertise in blockchain security.
This initial solution looks to be a cornerstone of all future energy services using blockchain, including energy traceability, peer-to-peer trading. and crowdfunding. ENGIE (with its research center based in Saint-Denis) and Ledger have developed and successfully tested prototypes that have been installed on various wind and hydro assets. They have allowed ENGIE to build its own traceability and certification platform for its clients.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”Edouard Neviaski, CEO of ENGIE’s Global Energy Management Business Unit, which manages the Group’s activities on energy markets” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“Investing in blockchain technology definitely serves ENGIE’s ambition to lead the energy transition; green energy traceability and data reliability are at the heart of this challenge. We do not only provide our clients with green energy, we also develop innovative and technological solutions to support them in their energy transition”.[/perfectpullquote]
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”Eric Larchevêque Chief Executive Officer at Ledger” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“ENGIE’s embrace of blockchain technology is forging a critical path forward in the future of energy. By enabling the decentralized collection of valuable green energy data, this blockchain-powered oracle has the potential to lead to numerous sustainable energy solutions. As the world leader in blockchain infrastructure security, LEDGER is proud to have partnered with ENGIE on this project to ensure best in class security for this technology”[/perfectpullquote]