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Blockchain can change the face of renewable energy in Africa. Here’s how

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Blockchain technology allows residents with solar PV panels to sell excess energy to other residents.

In Africa, the demand for electricity largely exceeds supply. Nigeria’s shortage of 173,000MW (for a nation whose current energy needs is around 180,000MW) gave rise to large-scale imports of noisy and polluting power generating sets.

blockchain Technology electricityAnnual increase in electricity access rate in 2010-2016 in countries where demand for electricity exceeds supply.

Most sub-Saharan African countries experience the same. In rural areas in Rwanda, where over 70% of the population lives, only 18% of the population has access to electricity. Large numbers of households and public buildings in rural communities are not connected to their state-backed power grid. Urban dwellers and medium-sized enterprises linked to the grid still cannot be certain of having electricity all day. The government of Rwanda has set a target to achieve successful electrification by 2024.

The cost of generation and distribution of power is high. Economic and political reasons mean it will take a lifetime for these communities to be considered. The UN Sustainable Development Goal #7, targeting universal energy access for all by 2030, among other international agreements is driving a global consensus on renewable energy in off-grid communities.

In several African countries, renewable energy has been the focus of development strategy and investment. Huge investments and support from the African Development Bank (AfDB), Overseas Private Investment Corporation and World Bank in solar PV and wind energy are yielding results.

This is because the easiest and most affordable way to get electricity to rural communities in Africa is with a decentralized energy source, such as solar PV and wind energy. These communities, which are not connected to the national power grid, will lift the government’s burden of investing in large-scale plants to meet the growing demand for electricity.

Togo, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo are doing well in setting up policies and regulatory frameworks in this sector. In an ambitious plan to achieve universal access to energy across the continent by 2025, the AfDB is mobilizing capital to help realize the continent’s potential to generate at least 160GW by 2025.

While this is laudable, experts say the market penetration of green energy in Africa is low and, up until now, the success of electrification plans focuses on the number of connections made and megawatts installed rather than the end use of that power.

There is, however, an ongoing shift in how electrification success should be measured. In Africa, communities need to have appliances, classrooms, equipment, irrigation systems, and so on, ready and available to be powered by electricity. The energy supplied has to meet a demand that boosts productivity.

There is no need for the expansion of decentralized energy if the end use does not improve lives and meet critical needs. The World Bank is using this same measure to check the progress in access to electricity.

The innovation to accelerate access through decentralized energy is tilting more towards demand management and distribution, using connectivity and data.

With the emergence of blockchain (a protocol that eliminates intermediaries), it is possible to establish an auditable encrypted ledger that can record energy consumption, credit histories (which are relevant when there is a need for access financing), as well as provide energy trading between households; giving consumers more control of their energy requirements and consumption.

In 2017, a non-profit, Energy Web Foundation (EWF), started developing an open source, scalable blockchain platform with the aim of creating a market standard for the energy industry to build upon and run their own blockchain-based solutions.

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UK Financial Regulator FCA Won’t Regulate Bitcoin and Ether

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Major British regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), will not regulate Bitcoin (BTC) as a part of its recent guidance on crypto assets.

FCA finalizes its statement on crypto after a public consultation released in January

On July 31, the FCA issued its finalized policy statement on cryptocurrencies in a document titled “PS19/22: Guidance on Cryptoassets.” The document represents an updated version of a consultation paper on crypto assets that was first released for public comment in January 2019, and intends to bring more regulatory clarity to the existing types of digital assets.

In the document, the FCA considered major cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether (ETH) as “exchange tokens,” describing them as types of crypto assets that are “usually decentralized and primarily used as a means of exchange.” The regulator emphasized that such digital currencies do not fall under the regulatory scope of the FCA and is outside its…

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Bitcoin’s 3 Day Price Charts Point to an Impending ‘Golden Cross’

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A bitcoin price indicator is about to turn bullish for the first time since the early stages of the 2016-17 bull market.

The 50-candle moving average (MA) on bitcoin’s three-day chart is in a solid upward trajectory and looks set to cross above the 200-candle MA in the next few days.

That would be the first golden crossover on the three-day chart since early February 2016. CoinDesk reported on a golden cross for bitcoin’s daily chart back in April.

Seasoned traders often refer to that long-term bull market signal as a lagging indicator. After all, the MA studies are based on historical data and tend to lag prices, which also means they have limited predictive abilities at best.

While that is true for most crossovers, the one that is about to happen on the three-day chart has proved its mettle as a reliable bull market indicator in the past.

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Garrick Hileman Explains Why Bitcoin (BTC) is on The Rise This Year!

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Garrick Hileman, head of research at Blockchain, explains what’s behind the cryptocurrency’s near-200% year-to-date rally (watch the interview above)

 

Dr Garrick Hileman is head of research at Blockchain and research associate at the London School of Economics

Garrick is best known for his research on monetary and distributed systems innovation, particularly cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

Hileman Garrick was ranked as one of the 100 most influential economists in the UK & Ireland. He is regularly invited to speak and share his research and perspective with public sector institutions, including the CIA, US Army and Naval War Colleges, Federal Reserve, Bank of England, Bank of International Settlements, and the Financial Stability Board, as well as media, including the BBCCNBCFTWSJ, and NPR.

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Bitcoin Price Passes $10,000 as Cryptocurrency’s Spectacular Recovery Continues

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The price of bitcoin has broken above $10,000 (£7,855) for the first time since March 2018, as the cryptocurrency’s remarkable surge in value continues.

Bitcoin passed the milestone after experiencing gains of more than 10 per cent over the last 24 hours.

The price jump saw the world’s largest cryptocurrency reach as high as $10,831, according to the CoinMarketCap price index, taking its overall market capitalisation close to $200 billion.

Bitcoin’s most recent run of good form began in early February, when it was trading at well below $4,000.

It had reached this price after more than a year of steady declines saw its price withdraw dramatically from its late 2017 peak of close to $20,000.

Bitcoin’s recent run has drawn comparisons from some with bitcoin’s run in 2017, with some hoping it can go beyond its previous record high.

“This really is amazing,” one crypto enthusiast wrote on Twitter. “It has 2017 written…

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Satoshi Studio Launches First Ever Blockchain-Certified Sneakers

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Paris, 30th of May 2019. French brand Satoshi Studio announces the launch of their first sneakers. The Satoshi_one is the first pair of shoes certified on the Ethereum blockchain. More high-end products will come from Satoshi Studio thanks to their innovative financing campaigns.

Satoshi Studio was founded in 2018. The Parisian brand is influenced by the Tech industry and Crypto culture. It aims to create a place for itself as a reasonably priced high-end brand. To reach that goal, it will not use traditional channels of communication, striving instead to connect directly with its young and tech-focused community.

To be able to regularly offer new products and avoid traditional seasonality, the brand will launch several crowdfunding campaigns per year. Satoshi Studio believes in responsible shopping habits: they will only produce the right amount, no more, no less. The sneakers will be offered at a reasonable price, without compromising on quality.

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Why We Could See The Price of Bitcoin Quadruple Within Just a Few Months

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Bitcoin is ballooning to new highs… but can it last?

Compound interest might be the most powerful force in the universe, but FOMO can’t be far behind, especially as it relates to bitcoin.

We’ve seen the “fear of missing out” contribute to a nosebleed rise in the price of bitcoin BTCUSD, before, and Fundstrat’s Thomas Lee believes we’re about to see it play out again — but even more pronounced.

The outspoken bitcoin backer told clients this week the world’s top cryptocurrency could ride a wave of FOMO all the way up to $40,000 “within a few months,” thanks to better transparency and a breach of the psychological $10,000 barrier.

He pointed to Grayscale Bitcoin Trust GBTC, as a great way to partake in a rally that would be most welcomed by the crypto bulls who had to suffer through a 74% drop in the price of bitcoin last year.

“Bottom line: Crypto winter looks over,” Lee said….

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