Powerledger and Viet Nam Electricity launch first blockchain peer-to-peer energy trading project

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2023 12:46

Nalin Wickramasingher, Powerledger's BD and Sales Executive and Le Thi Phuong Cam, EVNCPC's Deputy Director General announced the partnership. — Photo courtesy of Powerledger

Australian energy trading technology company, Powerledger, on Tuesday announced it’s partnering with Viet Nam Electricity Central Power Corporation (EVNCPC) to launch Viet Nam's first peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading project at the Australia-Viet Nam Forum on Energy Transition.

The initial 6-month trial will see Powerledger’s technology used by so-called “prosumers” with rooftop solar in Da Nang and Quang Nam provinces to sell electricity directly to consumers.

“This project is a major step for Viet Nam. It will showcase how, with the right technology, issues of intermittency and grid congestion can be overcome whilst still growing renewables. Everyone on both sides of the partnership is looking forward to the results,” said Powerledger Chairman Dr Jemma Green.

Viet Nam has become the world’s tenth-largest producer of solar power, and is the biggest solar power producer in the ASEAN region.

However, the increase in renewables has created imbalances for the grid which has resulted in intermittency issues.

“Powerledger is the leading player in this space and we’re very excited about going into this pilot with them. As the energy landscape evolves, EVNCPC is committed to exploring new ways to meet our climate goals and the changing needs of our customers," said EVNCPC spokesperson Do Minh Cuong.

“This pilot project with Powerledger is a demonstration of that commitment and will help to shape the future of Vietnamese energy in years to come.”

Powerledger says the trial is expected to demonstrate how technology can be used to reduce energy costs, improve price transparency by establishing a Local Energy Market or LEM.

“By taking this approach, there is a financial incentive to encourage energy usage that aligns with intermittent generation from renewables, increasing the utility and profitability of renewable assets and reducing the peaks in energy demand,” said Dr Green.

This approach will in turn reduce stress and strain on the energy grid, reducing curtailment and maintenance efforts, as well as increasing the resilience of the network.

“Austrade is delighted to support Powerledger and EVNCPC on this ground-breaking project that will support Viet Nam’s energy transition ambitions. As part of our 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations, we look forward to welcoming Powerledger representatives back to Viet Nam for the forum to share their story and build more relationships in Viet Nam,” said Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for Viet Nam and Cambodia, Rebecca Ball.

The outcomes of the trial will be shared with electricity regulators and policymakers in Viet Nam, to inform future decisions about technology-led solutions which enable greater proliferation of renewable energy.

“This trial will also help to design suitable price mechanisms for P2P networks in Viet Nam, based on the existing tariff structures and enable secure blockchain transactions,” said Dr Green.

Powerledger has more than 30 projects in 12 countries including Europe, Asia Pacific, North and South America, including some of the largest distribution and transmission utilities, businesses, energy retailers and property developers globally. — VNS

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