The global regulatory push for a wider acceptance of renewable energy, coupled with the dropping prices of solar panels, promising advent of electric vehicles and advancements in IoT are paving the way for decentralized power infrastructure. That said, the notion behind smart cities has always been to render self-reliant and greener energy ecosystems. For instance, energy harnessed—from solar cells at rooftops—can be fed back to the grid or be used to charge electric vehicles. However, there is a crucial variable that is amiss from the smart grid equation: an intuitive energy transactions medium, one that not only imparts refined visibility into energy demands but also quantifies its value in real time. “There isn’t a proper transactional element for energy trading within the smart grid ecosystem. We are introducing a blockchain-powered technology stack that will encourage a wider user base to transact harnessed energy from their households or other premises through a secure and privacy-enhanced model,” says Jaikrishnan R Pillai, the CEO and co-founder at Bovlabs— short for Blockchain of Value Labs.
Tokenizing the value of energy on the grid simplifies its monetization as well as its efficient exchange among peers. Furthermore, the Bovlabs platform facilitates seamless “bid and ask” functionalities in addition to bringing forth a designated transactional “marketplace.” For the former, Bovlabs emphasizes on a microlevel transaction data wherein meter readings are carried out at intervals of five seconds.
We are introducing a blockchain-powered technology stack that will encourage a wider user base to transact harnessed energy
Most location marginal pricing points today are determined at an interval of at least 15 minutes. Potentially the platform can be used for other transactions like water, garbage, etc. potentially avoiding multiple utility bills.
Users can also introduce strategies for demand response, energy efficiency, and reliability using AI.As such, with Bovlabs, users can gain a more granular and refined clarity on demand-and-supply propositions and carry out winning trades. Robust security against electricity theft is another aspect that blockchain addresses. From a cost-saving perspective, while payment gateways typically charge 2.5 percent of the EV recharging fees, Bovlabs’ token transaction fee amounts to just one percent. On the other hand, from a microgrid developer’s standpoint, the cost overhead comes out to be immensely low as the blockchain model can be easily replicated across locations without the need to develop a centralized mechanism. Simplistic, automated, and transparent billing capabilities, with every transaction encrypted and permanently ledger-ed constitute other benefits of the Bovlabs platform.
The company’s blockchain framework also enables clutter-free investment options. Pillai envisions that very soon, a household leveraging the Bovlabs platform could influence energy investment in far-off geographies without the need for intermediate third parties. From a social commitment standpoint, this comes off as a true innovator, given the potential it could have on accelerating electrification in rural areas. In a nutshell, Bovlabs knits microgrid developers, energy markets, and the layman users into its platform which is grid-technology agnostic and regulatory compliant approach. Bovlabs’ model which incentivizes clean energy distribution encourages mass participation.
Pillai—along with co-founders, Shine Paul, CTO, and Martin Lesner, COO—has nearly two decades of experience in the clean project management, finance, and technology space. Bovlabs is currently in the phase of completing a successful pilot run with a wholesaler in Texas. Seed round of $200-250K for pilot expansion to France, India, California, and Africa is also on the financial agenda of the company. “We want to focus more on solving the use case in the renewable energy space across geographies, regulations and local people, while indirectly adhering to the scope of EVs and the extended grid,” concludes Pillai.