Utility Spending on Blockchain-based Platforms is Expected to Reach $3.7 Billion by 2026

Blockchain energy platforms must emphasize operational efficiency before the technology can be widely adopted in the energy sector.

A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the market for blockchain-based platforms in the utilities industry, providing forecasts for wholesale energy trading, EV charging and integration, and transactive energy platforms through 2026.

In 2016 and 2017, millions of dollars flowed into energy-related blockchain projects, and the adoption of the technology continues to grow. As decentralized energy markets emerge, these opportunities for energy-specific blockchain applications are an important target for industry. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, the total utility spending on blockchain-based platforms is expected to reach $3.7 billion by 2026.

“The expectations for blockchain in the energy sector are sky-high, helped along by hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital investments and initial coin offering (ICO) fundraising,” says Johnathon de Villier, Research Analyst with Navigant Research. “However, the technology is still immature and unproven, and utility spending will grow at a much more measured pace.”

Future blockchain development in the utility industry depends on external technological factors, including the penetration of smart meters and networked charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. According to the report, blockchain adoption will not be disruptive until Internet of Things devices and communications technologies are integrated into compatible blockchain networks.

This report, Utility Blockchain Applications Market Overview, provides an overview of the developing market for blockchain-based platforms in the utilities industry. The study focuses on wholesale energy trading, certificates of origin, EV charging and integration, meter registration and switching, and transactive energy platforms. Global forecasts of utility spending, segmented by region and use case, extend through 2026. The report also describes the components of a blockchain architecture and explores the competitive landscape and key challenges that must be addressed before blockchain can be widely adopted in the energy sector.

Contact: Stefanie Bradtner

+49.221.270.70.142

stefanie.bradtner@navigant.com

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Utility Blockchain Applications Market Overview, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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