Share & Charge was the world’s first blockchain-based mobility product for EV users, allowing users to share charging stations across a decentralized platform, without the need for intermediaries.
The Share & Charge app allows users to conveniently find charging stations near them and make simple, secure payments using the blockchain.
The goal of the platform was to develop a system that was secure and free of intermediaries. Blockchain technology was the ideal solution here, as the platform needed to facilitate independent interaction between several parties.
For example, the charging station acts as a smart IoT device, which the user interacts with directly through the Share & Charge app. Represented by smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain, the charging stations operate autonomously, allowing users to access and obtain energy through direct payments.
At slock.it, we developed the smart contracts, and the interface from IoT to blockchain which created the ‘Physical Blockchain Connection Device’. We further developed the frameworks used to build the Share & Charge network and included these as part of the Incubed platform.
As green, energy-conscious consumers move in favour of energy traceability, the need for renewable energy continues to grow.
The process from energy generation to proof-of-origin needs to be automated and independent of central intermediaries. At the moment, trading centres for renewable energy exist, but these are highly-centralized and often lack the benefits of automation.
By combining IoT devices (smart meters) with blockchain technology, EWF revolutionized the process of tracking and supplying renewable energy.
The Energy Web Foundation’s Origin Framework forms the basis for an energy-focused, blockchain-based certificate market.
From the registration of assets, producers and consumers, to the transfer and trading of certificates, the Origin Platform provides all the necessary tools to design decentralized, automated marketplaces and exchanges.
The framework itself easily integrates with existing systems in both commercial plants and smaller production facilities.
As a partner and technology provider for the Energy Web Foundation, the slock.it team played an instrumental role in the development of the framework, and the surrounding applications supporting the framework.
Decentralized autonomous organisations (DAOs) enable the creation of decentralized decision-making structures, where shareholders are allowed to directly vote and contribute to projects based on their voting rights.
DAOs are used to autonomise business processes, carry out projects without a centralized decision-making authority and create co-operatives around initiatives such as charities.
Based on the source code for the first DAO, developed by the slock.it team, Siemens now has a social good initiative which allows their employees to donate money to charity through a DAO structure.
The Hutten DDO (Decentralized Digital Organization) was implemented for Siemens for an internal aid project based on the slock.it DAO framework. Siemens employees were able to donate money via the works council, using DDO tokens to support social good projects, including children from the “SOS Kinderdorf” aid organisation.
As a technology provider, the software and blockchain infrastructure for this project was implemented by slock.it using a modified and upgraded version of the previous DAO framework.