Ikea’s Lab Creates Blockchain-Based Solar Microgrid Prototype

Ikea-funded research and design lab Space10 recently unveiled a prototype for a blockchain-based solar-powered microgrid. Envisioned as a self-sufficient community microgrid, the 1:50-scale miniature working model shows how energy flows in real time. The Copenhagen-based lab focuses on creating better and more sustainable ways of living. Their new project, called SolarVille, is part of the lab’s larger vision for democratizing access to renewable energy, particularly solar power. “SolarVille aims to showcase that, when combined, technologies such as solar panels, microgrids and blockchain open new opportunities for off-grid systems — allowing people to leapfrog traditional grid electricity,” the lab says.

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