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Blockchain may still be in its infancy, but with the global market expected to hit US$2.3 billion by 2021 and clear use cases emerging in the renewables space, it could well prove a game-changer in the energy sector. Initially used in Bitcoin transactions, the decentralized, public ledger can now be deployed to track and monitor the exchange of information or value in multiple forms, with significant implications for utilities. Of course, as with any technology, blockchain should not be regarded as a panacea, but with investment and a solid strategic approach, it stands to play a vital role in the much-needed transition to a resilient, cost-effective and low-carbon grid.
In fact, the rise of blockchain could not come at a better time for the energy industry. According to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world will generate almost half its electricity from renewables by 2050 and the GCC is already doing its part, with ambitious targets including the installation of more than 80 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2030.
The transition to renewables, however, is far from straight forward. Sustainable success requires effective institutional frameworks, reliable financing for innovation and infrastructure development, and solutions to the uncertainty created by variability in renewable energy generation. Only with these boxes ticked can utilities begin exploring the true potential of
Fortunately, with the right direction, these challenges are not insurmountable, and once the groundwork is laid, utilities can turn their attention to the technologies and strategies that will underpin their renewable futures. To this end, Booz Allen has identified three ways in which blockchain can facilitate the integration of renewable energy in the GCC’s electricity grids:
“According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world will generate almost half its electricity from renewables by 2050 and the GCC is already doing its part, with ambitious targets including the installation of more than 80 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2030.”
In addition to harnessing these three facilitators, the following recommendations could help GCC utilities to embrace blockchain as part of their renewables quest:
The world is still discovering the power of blockchain, but with the right kind of investment, frameworks, and strategies in place, the GCC could join the global front-runners as they edge ever closer, not just to a sustainable grid, but a sustainable future.
[i] ‘Size of the blockchain technology market worldwide from 2016 to 2021’, Statista.com
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