Academic Session

Merlinda Andoni

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

Blockchain in the energy sector: Perspectives from UK's National Research Centre for Energy Systems Integration

Merlinda Ardoni is Research Associate in the Smart Systems Group at Heriot-Watt University working for the UK’s National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI). My role in CESI is the investigation of distributed ledger or blockchain technologies as an enabler for the low-carbon energy transition and multi-agent systems modelling for decentralised energy systems.

Paul Blomerus

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Overcoming Barriers to Citizen Participation in Energy Micro-Grid Transactions – UBC’s Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) Network Application Test Project

Paul Blomerus is leading the establishment of the Clean Energy industry vertical at Blockchain@UBC, the University of British Columbia’s multidisciplinary research cluster to advance the design, development and adoption of blockchain technologies. Dr. Blomerus is developing the research program and the industry partnerships for this group focusing on blockchain applications in gaseous energy, electric mobility and smart grids. He is an internationally-experienced clean energy and power systems technology expert with research experience at UBC and at the University of Oxford where he obtained his PhD in Engineering Science.

Mark Johnson

CleanEnergyBlockchain & Northwestern University, USA

Digital cryptographic blockchain tracking, tracing and trading clean energy applications

Mark Johnson is member of the NUvention: Energy Advisory Board of Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University and founder of and using patent-pending digital cryptographic blockchain to track, trace and trade clean energy from source to use. Mark also founded a nonprofit to share knowledge; served the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC standing up multi-billion-dollar clean energy programs; was Smart Cities Chief for Schneider Electric; plus led eBusiness for IBM and Navigant Consulting. Mark has a MBA from Loyola University Chicago, BA from the University of Notre Dame and lives in the USA.

Start-up Session

Pavel Kirillov


Building a blockchain based Transactive Energy System

Pavel Kirillov is Head of Research and Innovation Team at Insolar, a global company pioneering private and public blockchain solutions for business. From 2014 to 2018, Pavel was with Acronis (Singaporean unicorn company) and Parallels (Acquired by Corel), where he worked with senior executives driving technology and business transformation. Pavel has M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics & Physics and is UC Berkeley Xcelerator Graduate.

Frédéric Maurer

:elblox AG

Do you need to be 100% renewable? We have a simple solution for you !

Frédéric Maurer is in charge of sales and business development at :elblox AG, a spin-off of Axpo. Prior to that, Frédéric Maurer worked for General Electric Hydro Solutions, where he held various positions, first as a research and development engineer and then as a technical project manager and sales engineer. He worked in several countries on different continents and was involved in the preparation of complex offers. He holds a master's degree and a doctorate in electrical engineering from EPFL. :elblox develops and operates digital platforms for renewable energies.

Davide Rivola


Blockchain-enabled Local Flexibility Markets

Davide Rivola is a senior researcher with a multi-disciplinary engineering background and cofounder of Hive Power. Before his research activities, he gained several years of industrial experience, designing industrial automation systems and developing real-time software for embedded electronics. During the last eight years, he researched, developed and trialled in pilot projects fully decentralized energy management systems for self-consumption optimization and grid instability reduction.

Somayeh Taheri


Blockchain/AI 4 Local Energy Markets

Somayeh Taheri is the CEO of UrbanChain, where she leads the company based on its mission to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market, provide energy as a service, maximise transparency and trust, and significantly reduce energy bills for end users. UrbanChain was founded in 2017 based on her research discovery about how to integrate and automate various business processes in different urban service sectors, and to eliminate the middlemen with blockchain and AI technologies. Making innovation work for people is what it matters for UrbanChain. Somayeh is the alumni of the University of Manchester and UCL.

Use Cases & Initiatives

Alain Brenzikofer

Supercomputing Systems

Quartierstrom P2P Energy Market and Eco-Friendly Consensus Algorithms

Alain Brenzikofer heads the Decentralized Systems Group as Department Head of Supercomputing Systems AG. He has been involved with distributed ledger technology for many years and is a profound connoisseur of the scene. Especially in the energy sector, but also in raw material trading, certificates of origin or in industry, there are interesting applications today which are already in development at SCS: For example, SCS is a partner in the "Quartierstrom" project on Walensee, where a blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy market is being created.

Micha Roon

Energy Web Foundation

EW-DOS, a decentralized infrastructure for a transactive energy market

Micha Roon is CTO of Energy Web Foundation and a veteran software engineer with more than 20 years of professional experience. He mostly worked for prime companies like Nestle, UBS, JTI, Cartier and PostFinance before joining the decentralization movement nad helping early stage projects succeed on the blockchain. He is Ethereum developer since 2015, Expert in technical blockchain strategy, P2P databases, value networks, asset backed coins, decentralized liquidity networks and smart contracts.

Alexandre Juncker


The path to establishing the Power-Generation-and-Trading distributed applications protocol

Alexandre Juncker iis Technology Manager at Alpiq. As an engineer from Ecole Centrale Paris, Alexandre started his career working on Oil & Gas processes, Nuclear projects and Solar/Wind developments before joining the Blockchain Lab of EY. Today, Alexandre takes advantage of his combined expertise in the Energy sector and in Distributed Ledger Technologies in order to push for the definition of a unified protocol and infrastructure to support deployment of decentralized applications to serve the Power Generation and Trading business in Switzerland.

After the conference we will compile a Topical Issue of the Frontiers in Blockchain Journal. All participants are invited to submit contributions. The conference will be an ideal place for networking and exchange to establish research partnerships and futurr working groups.