How can Blockchain technology give added value to the electric mobility chain?
This was the main question during the OCPI Blockchain workshop in July, as part of the ECISS project, organised by GreenFlux and NKL.
Important sub-question to be answered: If there is added value, what will the impact be on the OCPI protocol used for data exchange and roaming between Charge Point Operators and eMobility Service Providers?
The well-organized event contained a mix of presentations and discussions – not about the technology but mainly about the usage and pros and cons of blockchain in electric charging world. After a short welcome from Hans de Boer (CEO GreenFlux), we started with the baseline: Blockchain for Dummies. This was accompanied by a presentation from Peter van Zuylen, explaining the concept of blockchain in an easy-to-understand manner. This was followed by presentations of ElaadNL, Vandebron, Quantoz and Share & Charge, who all do experiments and even offer solutions based on blockchain technology.
Many issues where discussed such as permission vs permission less blockchain, visibility, trust, dependency of organisations, privacy, location of blockchain servers, direct payment possibilities, auditability, security, digital contracts, etc.