Special Session 7

Internet of Energy Innovations with Blockchain Enabled Decentralized
Assist. Prof. Jun Zhao, School of Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Dr. Muhammad Musthafa Roomi, Research Scientist, Advanced Digital Sciences Center, Illinois at Singapore Pte Ltd
Dr. S. M. Suhail Hussain, Research Fellow, School of Computing, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Dr. Mansoor Ali, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, École de Technologie Supérieure, University, Quebec Canada

Technical Outline of the Session and Topics:

The Internet of Energy (IoE) concept has been introduced as a modern paradigm shift on smart grid toward Internet of Things alike Internet connected networked system of the components of energy infrastructures, such as microgrids, electric vehicles (EVs), energy storage units (ESU), energy markets, and prosumers (producers + consumers). The key aim of this paradigm shift is to build a sustainable society while considering the present and upcoming climate change challenges through empowering the prosumers and utilizing renewable and clean energy. However, while IoE innovations are advancing into digitalized and decentralized infrastructure, how to collect, organize, and manage a large number of energy transactions collected from end devices in efficient, decentralized, and autonomous ways are necessarily challenging concerns. In this context, the recent advances of blockchain technology have drawn enormous attention recently in IoE innovations. Integration of blockchain technology in IoE innovations has great potential to move forward power grid digitalization. Nevertheless, blockchain transactions analytics, low throughput, privacy, poor scalability, and seamless interoperability are some of examples of obstacles of blockchain adoption in IoE innovations.

The aim of this special section is to bring engineers, researchers, and experts together from industry, academia, and government agencies interested in the latest advancements in the area of IoE innovations integration with blockchain driven decentralized infrastructure. Interested participants will be invited to present the identified new challenges and discuss the possible solutions in the context of advanced communications and networking technologies for the IoE, blockchain, and other closely relevant topics.

Topics include (but not limited to):

    • Energy transaction analytics in blockchain.
    • Integration of blockchain into distributed energy management system (DERMS).
    • Coordinating supply and demand autonomously.
    • Data collection methods from intelligent power grid-edge devices.
    • Integration of advanced control and computing technologies with blockchain.
    • Advanced communications infrastructure for blockchain enabled IoE.
    • Cross-chain transactions techniques for IoE.
    • Security and privacy considerations for blockchain enabled IoE.
    • Game theoretic decentralized energy trading in IoE.
    • Low voltage outage management system.
    • IoE and Blockchain related proof of concepts and testbeds.