As one of the very early traditional Swiss corporates, Axpo wanted to innovate and enter the energy market with a renewable energy platform and contracted us to help them in 2016. We said yes of course!
This is one of the most important and hot topics in the world and the inevitable future we are moving into. Blockchain technology and energy has been a hyped topic since 2015 and onwards, however, it's not the silver bullet to this industry either that has a lot that can be done with other digital technologies and simply focusing on the business side and enabling consumers, both private and business to have access to green energy in a very easy way. This is why this project was extremely interesting from the very beginning.
This was an extremely satisfying outcome for all delivery deadlines and go-lives when everything just came together and worked. This of course had a big impact in the client later spinning out the whole business as the company :elblox. We're very happy and proud to have played a central role in this!
In mid 2016 we started to discuss the ideas our client had to test out blockchain technology for energy. This is an exciting proposition however not very straight-forward and there are many things to understand from a business perspective how and even if this new technology even makes sense and most of all for what exactly. This is what the work around a PoC solution aimed to answer.
After the very successful secret PoC we delivered a production-grade solution to do real-world field tests for a German regional utility. This resulted in Tal.Market and another successful delivery from our side. Learnings from the PoC taken and adjusted the blockchain-related subsystems.
The field tests were successful and now it was time to build "the real thing". Very exciting and we delivered a new overall version built from the ground up on the AWS Cloud to be on the right track for a secure, robust and scalable enterprise solution.
Successful launch in 2019 with the production platform and our AWS Cloud solution we engineered has been continued to be built out both by :elblox's own engineering team as well as by us.
It has been absolutely great to accompany a traditional Swiss enterprise to explore a cutting edge technology like blockchain around a vague idea to later spin out an entire new business for pushing green energy in order to make the world a better place.
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