Along with our regular daily clean tech news coverage, CleanTechnica also produces in-depth reports on various aspects of clean energy and clean transport. One of the emerging technologies we cover that isn’t directly a clean tech innovation is blockchain, which promises to be a catalyst for innovation in the green economy in the very near future. Blockchain is probably most widely known to the public as “having something to do with cryptocurrency and Bitcoin, right?,” which is partially correct, but the technology itself has a wide range of applications, some of which will be crucial in the fields of distributed renewable energy, grid management and energy storage, and smart contracts, among others. The full report Blockchain – An Innovation Enabler for Clean Technology , which was published in July, is a deep dive into blockchain and its potential, and we will be posting more excerpts from the report over the coming weeks. (Read the last installment here .) On April 15th of 2018, the CleanTechnica braintrust was surveyed for their opinions and sentiment on blockchain for cleantech.
They were asked nine questions about the impacts both positive and negative of blockchain on clean tech. 115 chose to take the survey out of 2,655 who viewed it. Per Survey Monkey, that gives a confidence of plus or minus 10%. The results on this survey, in other words, are interesting and informative but not conclusive as to the opinions of the informed CleanTechnica audience. The first two questions regarded the primary forms of new renewable generation, specifically related to funding. As part of the blockchain series, organizations devoted to providing new funding were covered, including WePower and SolarCoin . In addition, direct funding via initial coin offerings for clean technology was discussed at length. Given that 2017 saw a billion dollars […]