Blockchain Toolkits For Electric Vehicle Charging Released By Energy Web Foundation And Partners

Blockchain, Innovation, News | November 10, 2018 By:

The Energy Web Foundation (EWF) has announced the release of a new electric vehicle (EV) charging toolkit. The EV-focused software toolkit expands the functionality of EW Origin, a portfolio of blockchain toolkits for verifying and tracking the ownership of green attributes associated with electricity generation and consumption.

In particular, the EV charging toolkit is focused on automatically charging electric vehicles, e-bikes, and other electric mobility solutions with clean energy and determining the avoided marginal carbon emissions based on the timing of EV charging. The toolkit provides an extension and adaptation of existing EW Origin toolkits offered by EWF to support the issuance, trading, tracking, and reporting for renewable energy certificates (RECs), guarantees of origin (GOs), and other certificates of origin that underpin renewables markets worldwide.

“Green energy and electric vehicle charging are a natural fit for each other as we move toward a low-carbon, electrified energy future,” says Jens Griesing, product owner of EW Origin at Energy Web Foundation. “The new EV charging toolkit will allow application developers to build blockchain-based solutions that enable EV drivers to charge their vehicles with clean energy, and to confidently know the emissions-reduction benefits of their e-mobility.”

EWF has teamed up with affiliate Wirelane to demo the EV charging toolkit at European Utility Week in Vienna. Wirelane is a full-service provider of electric mobility solutions, including software solutions for EV charging as well as advanced EVSE chargepoint hardware. Through Wirelane’s user interface, EUW attendees can see how kilowatt-hours of electric vehicle charging are paired with renewable energy certificates and avoided marginal emissions are securely tracked on the Energy Web blockchain. Greyp, a tech company that produces high-performance electric bicycles, generously donated an EWF-branded e-bike for the EUW demo.

From greener and cleaner electricity paired with EV charging, to expanding chargepoint access across many disparate EVSE network operators, electric vehicles are fast emerging as a leading use case for blockchain-based solutions. For example, EWF Affiliate Share&Charge last week announced that it had migrated its EV charging solution to Tobalaba, the Energy Web’s test network.

EWF also recently announced jointly with PJM-EIS a landmark collaboration to build out other EW Origin toolkits into a full reference implementation for one of the largest renewable energy certificate markets in the United States.