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Monitoring consumption, certification of energy origin, electric vehicles … Energy producers and distributors use blockchain technology for many applications. They are also the best placed to reduce the carbon footprint of this energy-intensive technology. Explanations with the example of EDF.

Like theartificial intelligence, the blockchain has become a trendy keyword since the advent of cryptomonnaies. The technology for storing and transmitting information without a control body arrived about ten years ago with the creation of the bitcoin. The latter, by its decentralized and hypersecured aspect, first frightened the financial circles before they realized the power of its technology and grabbed it. Today, many startups use technology to offer solutions based on blockchain. In addition to finance and the banking sector, it is gradually being introduced into many other sectors, for example to secure notarial acts, for the traceability food and even for theautomobile of the future.

The energy companies and, first of all EDF, did not miss this technology … far from it! Blockchain has been used for many years applications. It thus serves to authenticate the origin of theenergy, invoicing the cost of electric vehicles or even offer energy exchange services between partners.

In this popularization video, EDF explains blockchain technology and presents some applications of it. © EDF

Blockchain and energy: reducing the carbon footprint of data centers

It’s on the side of data centers that the energy company invests by launching a new subsidiary called Exaion. The objective: to rent to clients computing power for their AI solutions, scientific simulation and above all, to provide a Blockchain platform for their projects. They can choose their protocol and have the infrastructure to develop their own solutions. The operator also intends to set up a secure vault service for crypto-active portfolios.

What does this have to do with energy? Well, precisely, according to the forecasts of ADEME, in 2030, these data centers will account for 13% of global electricity consumption. With a energy mix French that emits very little CO2, EDF and its subsidiary Exaion can offer their customers data hosting solutions while mastering energy and optimizing their footprint carbon. Customer data will also be hosted in France and with the same level of requirements and cyber security as for EDF group data. The future can only be flourishing for Exaion when we know that the production and storage of bitcoins via blockchain today represent consumption of nearly 3 million homes. The attractive promise of virtuous data centers in material Energy.

Subject made in partnership with EDF teams

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