The United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE), in an official blog post statement on Monday, Jan. 7th 2019, announced $4.8 million in federal funding for R&D projects including blockchain, under the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001991, University Training and Research for Fossil Energy Applications.
Among the 4 areas of interest (AOI), FOA focuses on, one is Cybersecure Sensors for Fossil Power Generation, the projects which fall under the purview of this AOI will explore emerging technologies, such as blockchain and decentralized, peer-to-peer (P2P) internet protocols, that leverage sensor networks for fossil power generating systems to secure process signal data and other informations.
From the following 4 AOIs, which FOA focuses on, i.e. Application of Novel Analytic Methods to Determine Arsenic/Selenium Concentrations in Fly Ash Waste Streams Generated from Coal Combustion; Cybersecure Sensors for Fossil Power Generation; Modeling Existing Coal Plant Challenges Using High-Performance Computing; & Coal Plant Effluent Water Reuse; the DOE anticipates to select up to 12 projects that’ll receive the federal funding allocation.
In a similar announcement published on Monday, Dec. 17th, 2018, Spanish renewable energy company Acciona Energía, extended blockchain tech to trace its electricity generation from renewable resources, the company signed a partnership agreement with a startup named FlexiDAO, for the starting phase of the GREENCHAIN project.