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Blockchain in the Energy Sector

Workshop at ESMT Berlin with free preliminary online course

Workshop on location (ESMT Berlin) for professionals with experience in the blockchain technology who want to put their knowledge into practice and share with their peers. Not yet an expert in blockchain but interested in becoming one? In this case, the preliminary MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Blockchain in Energy will prepare you properly for the workshop. The course starts on 19 February 2018.

This workshop builds on the online course “Blockchain in the Energy Sector” and aims at professionals who want to develop use cases for their companies and build a network of peers driving the dissemination within their organisations. It is intended to be a mixture of short input sessions, application workshops and the opportunity to learn from other participants and from a practitioner case study.

The agenda of the day will build upon the following sessions:

Session 1: What are the technology characteristics of Blockchain, and how can we think of applications within our companies?

After an introduction of the participants and specific expectations to the workshops, we will recap the technological features and characteristics of Blockchain in a team game allowing to achieve a common understanding as well as to get to know each other better.

Based on practical examples, we will introduce a framework to think about Blockchain applications from the business side, which will build the base for working on individual use cases.

Session 2: How can we be creative in searching for business applications of Blockchain technology?

In this session, we will first discuss perceived limitations to becoming creative. In a short test, participants can check their creativity potential. We will introduce techniques to increase creativity and apply them in order to develop potential use cases of Blockchain.

Session 3: How can we derive a project plan for our Blockchain use case and what do we have to consider to enable seamless implementation?

After an introduction of a framework to sketch out a project plan and define steps for implementation, participants will work on detailing their own projects. In a second step, they will share their plans in peer coaching to allow for optimization of their ideas.

Session 4: What can we learn from projects that are already in implementation?

In the last session, a practitioner will present a use case in implementation. Participants will have the opportunity to ask for lessons learned and best practices.

Date:             Friday, 16 March 2018, 9am – 5pm

Location:     ESMT Berlin, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin

Fee:               € 1.200 (incl. VAT 19%)

WE RECOMMEND TO PREPARE FOR THIS EVENT BY ATTENDING THE FREE MOOC Blockchain in Energy (for an optional certificate, € 74 will be charged)

Christoph Burger

Christoph Burger is senior lecturer at ESMT Berlin. Before joining in 2003, he worked five years in industry at Otto Versand and as vice president at the Bertelsmann Buch AG, five years at consulting practice Arthur D. Little, and five years as independent consultant focusing on private equity financing of SMEs.

His research focus is in innovation/ blockchain, decision making/ negotiation and energy markets. He is co-author of the dena/ ESMT study on “blockchain in the energy transition”, the “ESMT Innovation Index – Electricity Supply Industry” and the book “The Decentralized Energy Revolution – Business Strategies for a New Paradigm”. Christoph directs and teaches in open enrolment programs decision making, blockchain, innovation as a corporate model and in customized programs for a variety industries such as energy, banking, media, medical or aviation industry. He is a regular speaker at international events and programs for e.g. Yale, HEC, OMIE, Oxford, KAPSARC, a member of the jury of the GreenTec Awards and a mentor at accelerators such as the startupbootcamp or DB Mindbox.

Christoph studied business administration at the University of Saarbrücken (Germany), the Hochschule St. Gallen (Switzerland), and economics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA).

For a basic understanding on blockchain, the free online course (MOOC) offered on FutureLearn provides an overview of how and why blockchain has the potential to disrupt the energy sector, optimise conventional processes, and empower customers as never before. The knowledge level which is provided by the online course is mandatory for your own workshop preparation, especially if you want to find out more on blockchain applications in the energy sector.

In the MOOC, you will look at how blockchain works and gain an insight into the background, value proposition, and geopolitical context that have brought it to the centre of the energy debate.

What is the business case for blockchain in the energy sector? The idea is to make it easier in complex buyer-seller interactions to create contracts between key players in the market via peer-to-peer transactions. This reduces – or even removes – the role of intermediary agents.

Blockchain supporters claim that this would reduce transaction costs and support streamline the relationship between buyers and sellers, thereby achieving an optimal relationship supply and demand balance.

As energy production becomes increasingly available to individuals, through household solar panels, wind turbines etc.; and as new markets emerge, e.g. electric vehicles, many believe that blockchain is set for rapid growth, presenting the energy sector with considerable opportunities. Key areas of interest include: metering and billing, asset management, emission allowances, and renewable energy certificates.

We want to highlight the high-level aspects of blockchain methodology, illustrating its economic potential with business case examples.

Strategic objectives

The course provides an overview of how and why blockchain has the potential to fundamentally disrupt the energy sector, optimising existing processes and empowering customers in ways that were previously unimaginable, creating a new paradigm, where users can buy and sell energy to and from one another.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics of blockchain and digital currencies.
  • Synthesise the value proposition of blockchain for a specific company.
  • Explore the potential that smart contracts have in different fields.
  • Identify which sectors will be most heavily affected by blockchain technology.

Methodology and assessment

In this four-week course, you will cover the following topics. You will be required to spend up to three hours’ teaching time per week.

  • What is blockchain?
  • Digital currencies
  • The evolution and future of blockchain
  • Smart contracts and applications
  • Blockchain in the energy sector: the new paradigm
  • P2P energy trading
  • Blockchain applied to EV charging

Week 1: What is blockchain?

  1. Bitcoin and Digital currencies
  2. The creation of a blockchain
  3. How does a blockchain work?
  4. Consensus mechanisms

Week 2: Blockchain applications

  1. Types of blockchain
  2. Smart contracts
  3. Ethereum
  4. Decentralized applications
  5. Barriers to beat
  6. How does a business benefit from blockchain technology?

Week 3: Blockchain in the energy sector: Power Ledger

  1. The new energy paradigm
  2. The Power Ledger’s platform
  3. Enabling P2P energy transactions

Week 4: Blockchain in the energy sector: Share & Charge

  1. Use Case Share & Charge
  2. Business Case Share & Charge
  3. Business Model Share & Charge


This course is designed for a wide variety of energy sector professionals, including policy makers, energy company employees, and financial and business experts.


A technical background or previous knowledge of blockchain is not required.


This course is run by the Institute of Sustainable Energy, (ISE), in cooperation with ESMT Berlin. Through our professional courses, the ISE helps learners advance their careers, and provides resources for companies that want to support continual learning among their workforce.

Link to the free/freemium course on FutureLearn: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/blockchain-energy-sector/2

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InnoEnergy and ESMT Berlin started an educational cooperation for the energy sector bringing together InnoEnergy’s huge network and expertise in the energy industry and ESMT’s excellence in business education.

About ESMT Berlin:

ESMT Berlin was founded by 25 leading global companies and institutions. The international business school offers a full-time MBA, an executive MBA, a master’s in management, as well as open enrollment and customized executive education programs. ESMT focuses on three main topics: leadership and social responsibility, European competitiveness, and the management of technology. ESMT faculty publishes in top academic journals. Additionally, the business school provides an interdisciplinary platform for discourse between politics, business, and academia. The business school is based in Berlin, Germany, with Schloss Gracht as an additional location near Cologne. ESMT is a private business school with the right to grant PhDs and is accredited by the German state, AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, and FIBAA.