Ikea’s innovation lab combines the potential of solar panels and blockchain

This proposal from Ikea’s innovation lab uses solar panels and blockchain technology to create a functioning energy system via a neighbor-to-neighbor trading scheme


IKEA’s research lab, Space10, has crafted a miniature wooden village to demonstrate how communities could create their own circular clean energy system.

Space10 and architecture practice SachsNottveit brought the idea to life with blockchain experts BLOC, Blocktech, and WeMoveIdeas, which would allow small towns to make and share their own affordable, renewable energy. The installation is a working prototype of a village, called SolarVille, built to a 1:50 scale. It comprises a series of miniature wooden houses illuminated by an overhanging lamp to imitate the sun.

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