SolarVille: A Vision for a Clean Energy Future

March 8th
1 min read

Introducing SolarVille—a Playful Research project which reimagines our energy system in the pursuit of democratising access to clean energy.

About SolarVille

SolarVille is an ambitious yet fully realisable vision for the future. Specifically, it’s a working prototype of a miniature neighbourhood completely powered by solar energy. Built to a 1:50 scale, some households generate their own renewable energy using solar panels, while others automatically purchase excess electricity directly from the producer using blockchain technology. The result is a model of a self-sufficient, community-driven microgrid where people trade renewable, affordable energy from one another according to their individual needs.

Read more about the thoughts behind the project, the ins and outs of the prototype and the steps that could make SolarVille a reality here.

Why SolarVille?

Around 1.1 billion people around the world still have little or no access to electricity. It’s an almost impossibly expensive task to reach these people with the centralised energy networks we have in place today, often because they’re too slow and economically adequate to reach those locked in energy poverty. SolarVille aims to showcase that, when combined, technologies such as solar panels, micro-grids and blockchain open new opportunities for off-grid systems—allowing people to leapfrog traditional grid electricity.

A report about solar energy

Alongside the project, we’ve also released a report called ‘A Brighter Tomorrow’, which lends more insights into the research behind SolarVille. More importantly, it makes the case for solar power becoming the viable, sustainable source of energy we need to turn to if we want to mitigate the effects of climate change. Read the report here.

The partners

SolarVille is created by:

  • SPACE10
  • Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC)
  • WeMoveIdeas India
  • Blocktech
  • Temporal
  • SachsNottveit