innogy Partners with Cryptowerk to Develop Blockchain-Powered Solutions for the Energy Market

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“Cryptowerk is the only company we found that provides an enterprise-grade blockchain solution that is interoperable, portable and highly scalable.”

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. February 06, 2018

Cryptowerk, the leader in blockchain-enabled digital trust solutions for the enterprise, announced today a partnership with innogy, Germany’s leading renewable energy company. The partnership includes a strategic investment by innogy New Ventures LLC in Cryptowerk, with the goal of developing new blockchain-powered applications for the distributed energy market.

“We are proud to partner with innogy to bring the benefits of blockchain’s distributed ledger technology to the energy industry,� said Dirk Kanngiesser, CEO of Cryptowerk. “innogy is a proven international leader in renewable energy innovation. By combining Cryptowerk’s enterprise Digital Trust solutions with innogy’s energy leadership, we will create powerful applications that meet the demands of the new, distributed energy economy.�

The utility industry is facing growing and increasingly distributed demand from both energy producers and consumers, along with new regulatory requirements. The changes, from renewable energy resources to peer-to-peer transactions and “prosumers�—consumers who both buy and sell energy—are transforming the traditional centralized utility grid into a highly distributed “Internet of Energy.�

innogy believes that blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies, with their ability to verify the authenticity of transactions without a central authority, will be key enablers of this new, distributed energy economy. When the company began researching blockchain-focused solution providers, Cryptowerk emerged as the clear leader.

“Cryptowerk is the only company we found that provides an enterprise-grade blockchain solution that is interoperable, portable and highly scalable,� said Florian Andreas Kolb, Managing Director at innogy New Ventures LLC, Palo Alto. “That combination makes Cryptowerk the most practical solution for today’s demanding energy applications, as well as a future-proof solution as blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies continue to evolve.�

Cryptowerk’s Digital Trust Engine is an SAP Certified software solution that makes it easy to integrate existing enterprise applications with any public or private blockchain, as well as other digital ledger technologies. The Cryptowerk API requires no system downtime, and no blockchain expertise to program the integrations, saving companies significant time and money in developing blockchain-enabled applications.

According to the two partners, potential applications of blockchain for the utility industry include:

  • Blockchain-based authentication of billing and payment for energy purchases, i.e., for electric car charging stations;
  • The ability to store and verify customer usage data in a blockchain (SMART meter or customer submission);
  • Collect payments on the blockchain without incurring fees associated with bank transfers;
  • The ability to store data from energy producing assets, such as wind and solar farms, to the blockchain.

“Cryptowerk’s deep expertise in enterprise software and cryptography make them a valuable partner as we develop these new applications and business models. We look forward to working with the Cryptowerk team to continue innogy’s leadership in energy innovation,� said Kolb.

“We could not ask for a better strategic partner in the energy industry than innogy,� said Kanngiesser. “We at Cryptowerk are excited to see what the future of this partnership holds.�

About Cryptowerk
Cryptowerkâ„¢ is leading the development of digital trust solutions for high-performance business applications. Cryptowerk’s SAP Certified Digital Trust Engine makes it easy to integrate enterprise applications with any blockchain or other digital ledger technology, speeding time to production while the reducing the costs of digital transformation initiatives. Led by experts in cryptography and enterprise software, Cryptowerk is being proven today in demanding, high-performance organizations in multiple industries. For more information visit http://www.cryptowerk.com. 

About innogy SE
innogy SE is one of the leading European energy companies with revenue of around €44 billion (2016), more than 40,000 employees and activities in 16 countries across Europe. With its three business segments Grid & Infrastructure, Retail and Renewables, innogy addresses the requirements of a modern, decarbonised, decentralised and digital energy world. Its activities focus on its 23 million customers, and on offering them innovative and sustainable products and services which enable them to use energy more efficiently and improve their quality of life. The key markets are Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as several countries in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe, especially the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. In renewable power generation, the company is also active in other regions, e.g. Spain, Italy and the MENA region (Middle East, North Africa), with a total capacity of 3.7 gigawatts. As a leader of innovation in future-oriented fields like eMobility, we are represented in the international hot-spots of the technology industry such as Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, London and Berlin. We combine the extensive expertise of our energy technicians and engineers with digital technology partners, from start-ups to major corporates. With planned capital investments of around €6.5- €7.0 billion (2017-2019), we are building the power market of the future and driving forward the transformation of the energy market. innogy is colourful, flexible and full of energy – let’s innogize!

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Marcus Clinker

Marcus Clinker

Marcus is a reporter on the Political Capital team focusing on money in politics. Before joining Daily Telescope, he worked as a researcher and writer for the Institute for Northern Studies at Ohio State University and as a freelance journalist in Portalnd, having been published by over 20 outlets including NPR, the Center for Media and Democracy,The Huffington Post, Salon, Truthout and VICE.com.
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