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Blockchain & Resources

Distributed Energy

Blockchain provides an antidote to the centralized and often inefficient nature of power generation and distribution by establishing peer-to-peer energy markets, where energy is exchanged for value in an open and immediate system at local, national, and international levels.


For the farmer, blockchain allows for increased ownership over crops, cooperatives, and finances, removing the middlemen and matching buyers and sellers in a peer-to-peer way. For consumers, the supply chain from farm to table on a distributed ledger means a single trusted source for provenance and safety.

Valuable Asset Tracking

As consumers look to buy ethical products, tracking provenance of assets such as diamonds and minerals has become an important practice for companies selling valuable assets. Blockchain solutions provide a source of truth for stakeholders on the ethical sourcing of the resources they’re buying.

Want to learn more?

The Blockchain Research Institute and its research contributors have produced a number of reports on the topic of resources, including:

  • Distributed Power, which reviews the “prosumer” energy movement where energy creation is decentralized and information around generation and consumption patterns are tracked through blockchain, establishing a real-time marketplace for energy.
  • Diamonds on the Blockchain, which studies the work of start-up Everledger to record and verify the provenance of diamonds and other valuable assets.
  • Agriculture on the Blockchain, which examines how blockchain assists farmers with financing, administration of cooperations, and exchanging goods peer-to-peer, and allows for product tracing and safety verification.

2019 Resources Speakers

Leanne Kemp

Dr. James Orbinski

Joseph Pallant

Anthony Williams

Lawrence Orsini

Michael Torrance

Chloé Desmonet

Karen Ottoni

Ron Dembo

Nigel Gopie