Press Release: European Energy Trading Firms test peer-to-peer Trading over the Blockchain
Hamburg, May 29, 2017
23 [as of August 2017: 32] European energy trading firms have joined forces in order to conduct peer-to-peer trading in the wholesale energy market using innovative blockchain technology. Trading will take place on an enhanced Enerchain® framework – a blockchain based application developed by PONTON that has already been used to execute the first European energy trade over the blockchain at last year’s EMART conference in Amsterdam.
The Enerchain® software allows trading organisations, using encryption technology, to anonymously send orders to a decentralised orderbook which can be hit by other trading organisations. All this is done “peer-to-peer” without a central marketplace operated by a third party.
The early mover group participants have committed to share the required development costs in order to proof the concept with a full-scale prototype which is integrated into participants existing trading infrastructure and supports a decentralised credit limit solution required for bilateral trading.
The variety of participants is reflected in the broad range of traded products, including forward trades, spot trades, load curves and more exotic trades – all with physical delivery – as well as the focus on regional markets. Enerchain® is going to support a broad range of energy products like day-ahead, monthly, quarterly and yearly baseload for power and gas. Find out more about Enerchain® here: http://enerchain.ponton.de.
During the proof of concept participants will get significant exposure to the blockchain technology and find out whether a decentralised solution can support the trading volumes and transactional speed known from existing markets. Applying blockchain technology in energy markets promises more efficient operational processes and reduced transaction cost.
Enerchain® is powered by Tendermint, the leading open source blockchain engine. Partner and provider of the trading screen technology in the project is pdv Financial Software GmbH, a sister company of PONTON, which develops innovative platforms for trading, position keeping and risk management as well as exchange platforms for various types of securities across asset classes, associated derivatives and treasury products.
PONTON is in discussion with further interested companies that consider joining the initiative and anticipates that the number of participants will be enlarged.
The proof of concept will run until the end of 2017. A crucial phase of the project will be during the fourth quarter when participants intend to start live trading on Enerchain®. If successful, Enerchain® would be the first blockchain-based P2P trading system for wholesale energy products going live.
Ronny Bierhals, Head of Gas Trading at EnBW says: “Blockchain may change the trading environment like the Internet did over the last years. For the time being there are a few buzzwords in conjunction with this new technology. We are looking forward to join the cooperation in order to transfer those buzzwords into a development of making our business more efficient and sustainable.”
“We believe that South-East European customers need to strive for more convenient and more efficient wholesale power and gas markets at no slower pace than the rest of Europe. Our belief makes us privileged and proud to represent our region in Enerchain - the pioneering attempt to decentralize European power and gas marketplace by the use of blockchain. We are excited for this opportunity to jointly innovate energy markets further because we aspire to be an innovative energy company. We believe that energy is for life. Our life is dedicated to searching for better ways to transact all of our energies with all of our partners, because for us, improving energy means improving life", said Rok Vodnik, Board Member of Petrol d.d. Ljubljana responsible for Sales, Trading, Energy and the Environment.
Petter Torp, Head of Operations at Alpiq says: “Alpiq is in the forefront of digitalization and as a natural next step the participation in this proof of concept is in line with how Alpiq would like to further evaluate opportunities within our trading processes. By participating in the early mover group, Alpiq will get a first insight into how to increase the level of digitalization which is in line with the strategy of Alpiq to be a market leader in this field”.
“Eneco believes blockchain has a great potential to be a leading technology in the ‘New World’. It fits perfectly in making our mission ‘Everyone’s Sustainable Energy’ reality.” Bart Zomer, Head of Business Operations, Eneco
Michael Frech, technical head of the renewable energies group ARGE Netz points out: “We expect that blockchain technology will allow decentralized and renewable energies to flow from generation to customers and will help to strengthen the upcoming role of prosumers.”
“Blockchain and distributed ledger technology represent a transformational vehicle to re-architect Energy Trading transactional lifecycle processing. Now is the time to learn together as an Energy industry with the medium term target of reducing industry wide transactional costs. The Enerchain proof of concept represents a great opportunity for Energy Traders to work together and shape a future industry Blockchain standard.” Alan Taylor, Head Trading Information Management at Axpo Trading AG
“Uniper has a keen interest to understand how new technologies could impact future functioning of our core markets and how we as an industry can best benefit from such developments.” Damian Bunyan, CIO, Uniper Global Commodities SE
“The actual potential of blockchain technology lies in disintermediation. This creates true disruption; everything else is incremental innovation or optimization. Enerchain is one of the very rare projects outside the financial sector, which has real potential for disruption.” Thorsten Kühnel, Vice President Future Lab, E.ON SE
"We are very pleased to cooperate and constructively work with the other partners of the Enerchain initiative to unlock the full potential of this new platform which can boost efficiency and increase security of bilateral transactions", said Leonardo Zannella, Enel' s Head of Global Front Office. "At Enel we are implementing the Open Innovation approach to tackle the challenges of the current energy scenario and as such we are an active promoter of the Blockchain initiative. This new technology will bring significant value to the industry as long as the energy community acts together."
“Total is focused on ensuring high security standards for the Gas and Power Trading processes. If successful, this initiative with Enerchain®, could enable a leap forward for the whole trade lifecycle. For Total, it offers the opportunity to improve our understanding of the Blockchain technology and its potential applications to support internal processes” Philippe Chauvain, Vice President Risk Control and IT – Total Gas & Power Limited.
"We are working with PONTON to provide the best scalable consensus middleware (Tendermint) so that PONTON can rapidly innovate in the energy blockchain vertical. We're excited to see PONTON develop on our platform and contribute to the Tendermint ecosystem." Jae Kwon, Founder and CEO Tendermint
Michael Merz, managing director of PONTON says: “Blockchain technology is a new way to create disruptive software applications and business models. After having experienced increasing marketing buzz from the FinTech and energy sectors, PONTON has decided to actually implement an own blockchain stack on top of the Tendermint software. The project practically shows the power of the blockchain by creating a marketplace that does not require a physically centralised platform. Enerchain® demonstrates what can be expected for the future in related areas of energy trading: P2P wholesale trading, flexibility trading in the regional grid, and synchronising grid management processes between TSOs and DSOs“.