Customers will be able to choose the type of energy, geographical distance or central supply for each of their sites. The blockchain will certify the route of electricity from the producer to the consumer.
According to Sun’R, this is a major innovation to accelerate the energy transition. The independent producer of photovoltaic energy launched Wednesday, April 17 throughout France a supply of green energy “in short circuits”, allowing thanks to the blockchain to choose a local supply and to receive a certification in real time. allocation of green electricity.
The aim is to “turn our backs on the opaque system of original guarantee certificates”, in order to respond to a “civilizational need for short circuits”, which can be seen by both producers and consumers, explains the founder and president of Sun Antoine Antoine Nogier. Under the new brand “Volterres”, Sun’R promises to no longer be satisfied “to buy original guarantees (…) to offset the power consumption of its customers”, but “to worry about correspondence time between production and consumption “, as well as to provide electricity” in priority from local renewable sources “.
“The ambition of Volterres is to accelerate the development of additional means of production in each territory,” the press release summarizes.
A “qualitative surplus” without additional cost
In the Sun’R vision, the “partner” producers will thus be mainly independent producers of wind, solar, biomass or hydroelectric power, which today sell their production to EDF or on the wholesale market but who wish to strengthen their territorial implantation.
“Our offer now allows them to tell another story for the benefit of their brand, and develop while maintaining their own business models and sales prices,” said Antoine Nogier.
Compensation contracts for power plants (purchase obligation, additional compensation or sales on the market) will remain unchanged, says Sun’R.
As for the customers, it will be either companies wanting to go beyond the guarantees of origin for reasons of social and environmental responsibility, or of the local communities wanting to support and make visible the development of renewable in their territory. This “qualitative surplus” will not imply any additional costs compared to the prices practiced by the competition, assures Alexis Bouanani, director of Volterres. And as in any “classic” offer, will be assured a complete supply and fixed prices over 1-3 years. In order to be able to legally define its offer of “green”, Volterres will also buy some guarantee of origin, the price of which will be integrated into that of the energy sold, explains Alexis Bouanani.
Transparency on gray energy
The innovation is based on two technologies developed for seven years by Sun’R, explains Antoine Nogier: an algorithm to affect the production of energy in real time and according to customer preference, as well as a system based on the blockchain integrating all the production and consumption sites. Concretely the customers, after having each one been able to define their own priorities (type of energy, geographical distance, central in particular) will be able to have access to a portal allowing to visualize the various sources of electricity consumed as well as the sites which produced it, to half an hour.
“The gray energy purchased on the market, used to supplement the offer when available renewables are not sufficient, will become clear,” said Antoine Nogier, for whom the key issue is precisely to make explicit this reality hidden by the guarantees of origin.
It is only when everyone will no longer have “the false impression of doing their duty” that the energy transition will actually accelerate, he believes.
30 MW already promised by Sun’R
The platform calculates a “green score”, a “local score” (depending on the distance of the production sources), as well as a CO2 score. The data displayed by the platform can be downloaded and used in CSR reports. Above all, another platform will “verify that everything is affirmed is anchored in the blockchain”, thanks to the system “REDS” (Renewable Energy Digit System) designed by Volterres.
“Inviolable and confidential, it consumes less than 5kwh per year, less than a light bulb,” says Antoine Nogier.
In order to reassure energy producers and their banks, Volterres-which replaces Sun’R Smart Energy, a subsidiary of Sun’R with a supply license, and whose aggregator activity is put to sleep. will support the reputation and experience of the Swiss energy distribution company Axpo, which will be responsible for the aggregation of the different sources of electricity.
The marketing has been open since Wednesday, for a supply of electricity from 2020. 30 MW are already promised by Sun’R, and the subscription of other partnerships of 5-10 years is under way. The approach will be guided by the upstream: “We will only sell what we have,” says the director of Volterres. But the hope is to reach 70 GW and 5 TWh within 10 years.