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16-8-2018 12:00 AM

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Electromobility, electric vehicles (EVs) and charging infrastructure are major building blocks for a sustainable energy future. With the emergence of sustainable IS topics, energy informatics as the comprising research discipline receives increasing attention. One of the most contemporary research areas in this context is the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and their integration into the smart power grid of the future. Blockchain is a promising technology to complement lack in charging infrastructure by disrupting existing business models and enabling peer-to-peer sharing of charging stations (CSs). In this paper we investigate how to store and validate EV charging-related data on blockchain and how to process EV charging payment transactions in a blockchain-based IS. Within the ongoing research activity, we evaluate blockchain technologies regarding their applicability for this scenario. Further we implement the presented decentralized app (dApp) design and its smart contracts as a proof-of-concept for the technical feasibility of the solution, considering factors such as interoperability, data storage, trust and scalability.

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Aug 16th, 12:00 AM

Processing Electric Vehicle Charging Transactions in a Blockchain-based Information System

Electromobility, electric vehicles (EVs) and charging infrastructure are major building blocks for a sustainable energy future. With the emergence of sustainable IS topics, energy informatics as the comprising research discipline receives increasing attention. One of the most contemporary research areas in this context is the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and their integration into the smart power grid of the future. Blockchain is a promising technology to complement lack in charging infrastructure by disrupting existing business models and enabling peer-to-peer sharing of charging stations (CSs). In this paper we investigate how to store and validate EV charging-related data on blockchain and how to process EV charging payment transactions in a blockchain-based IS. Within the ongoing research activity, we evaluate blockchain technologies regarding their applicability for this scenario. Further we implement the presented decentralized app (dApp) design and its smart contracts as a proof-of-concept for the technical feasibility of the solution, considering factors such as interoperability, data storage, trust and scalability.