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Solarcamp
An experiment dedicated to the future of energy and mobility using blockchain technology.
Blockchain Energy Micro-grid
Created by Lab
In progress
thecamp Solarcamp project on electric vehicles
Objective
Using electric vehicles, blockchain technology and an intelligent grid, drivers can earn money by re-injecting energy stored in their cars back into the public power grid
Started
February 2017
Project lead
Project details

Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) power systems allow the electricity contained in a vehicle's batteries to be reinjected into the power grid when the vehicle is parked, using an electronic interface. Solarcamp uses this technology to allow a fleet of electric vehicles to balance local “microgrids” at Aix-TGV train station and thecamp. 

This project is designed to reduce carbon footprint, and encourages virtuous behavior via digital “tokens” by leveraging blockchain technology.

What’s the context? 
SNCF Gares & Connexions is building next-generation train stations throughout France, with Aix-TGV station as a leading innovation showroom. The station offers interactive experiences and a number of innovative services. 

Clean energy and clean transportation are key areas of development: a number of distributed energy resources were installed, such as solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations and energy storage. As the station evolves towards 100% renewable energy, key challenges have emerged: one of them is to become autonomous in energy production thanks to photovoltaics and hydrogen.

How does it work? 
As part of the Solarcamp experiment, V2G-compatible cars parked at the station will serve as storage units for energy that will be used by the station. Using a mobile phone application, travelers who leave their vehicles in the parking lot will provide their return date and the level of battery charge they will require upon their return. Then, as compensation for having their vehicle used to store and provide energy, the traveler will receive “tokens” that can pay for parking, car rental in Paris, or other services. The train station aims to become a reference for self-sustainable energy.

The experiment will be extended to thecamp’s microgrid, linking energy transition to electric mobility use-cases. For example, an employee at thecamp could use an electric vehicle charged with renewable energy, then go to the train station, where the car would be used as an energy resource, and receive digital tokens as a compensation.

January 2017: Start of the Solarcamp project 

February 2017: The project receives the FLEXGRID label

June 2018: The microgrid at Aix-en-Provence TGV station becomes operational

July 2018: Signature of the agreement between thecamp, SNCF Gares & Connexions and Bovlabs (startup that participated in Climb, the acceleration program co-produced with Le Village by CAAP at thecamp)

October 2018: Bovlabs’ blockchain platform begins operating with the station’s microgrid, and starts tracking the energy flow

November 2018: Grant from the Région Sud to accelerate the project via the ARII (regional agency for the innovation and internationalization of companies), by contributing its expertise to a 4-month sprint: benchmark, regulation, new business model, legal structure

January 2019: The microgrid of thecamp becomes operational

July 2019: The vehicule-to-grid flow becomes operational at the two experimentation sites