Experimental bandwidth benchmarking for P2P markets in blockchain managed microgrids

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As a basic building block of the smart grid, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is substantial for gathering and sending consumption and production data of consumers. The applications facilitated by blockchain technology like local peer to peer (P2P) markets challenge the centrally organized utility industry with its disruptive potential and rely also heavily on AMIs as data source. However, such technologies pose a number of engineering challenges in early stage pilot projects: Unlike centrally managed AMIs, local P2P markets in particular require AMIs to exchange data with their peer devices, which increases the communication requirements due to the decentral nature of blockchain networks. In this paper, we compare the bandwidth requirement of real-time AMI with the requirements for a blockchain managed peer to peer market. By benchmarking both a normal operation and a high throughput scenario we find a ten times higher demand in bandwidth of the blockchain-based solution compared to real-time AMI and select the appropriate communication technology for an upcoming field test.

Authors Meeuw, Arne; Schopfer, Sandro & Wortmann, Felix
Language English
Subjects information management
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Business Innovation
Date 30 September 2018
Publisher Elsevier
Place of Publication Energy Procedia
Number of Pages 6
Event Title REM2018: Renewable Energy Integration with Mini/Microgrid
Event Location Rhodos, Greece
Event Dates 28. - 30.09.2018
Depositing User M. Sc. Arne Meeuw
Date Deposited 19 Oct 2018 11:02
Last Modified 19 Oct 2018 11:02
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/255396


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Meeuw, Arne; Schopfer, Sandro & Wortmann, Felix: Experimental bandwidth benchmarking for P2P markets in blockchain managed microgrids. 2018. - REM2018: Renewable Energy Integration with Mini/Microgrid. - Rhodos, Greece.


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