Global Blockchain Challenge
As a leading champion of blockchain technology in China, China Wanxiang Group is building an
ambitious smart city project of energy innovation in Hangzhou, and a Low-Carbon Model Smart
Town in Quzhou, both in Zhejiang Province. Wanxiang's goal is to build the world's first
smart city infrastructure running on blockchain in its very fabric, integrating technology
innovations that include cloud computing, big data, IoT, and artificial
With the Global Blockchain Challenge, Wanxiang invited blockchain teams from a diverse range of backgrounds, be it start-up, multinational or even like-minded group of volunteers and enthusiasts, to submit their best application scenarios of originality and feasibility. The winning projects will be implemented, with Wanxiang support, in the aforementioned platforms in Hangzhou and Quzhou, with potential of global promotion sponsored by Wanxiang, based on performance in the trial run.
Wanxiang has provided 5 application categories for this Global Challenge, including 3 in distributed energy infrastructure, and 2 in smart manufacturing.
Scene 1： Wanxiang Innova City
Wanxiang Innova City is dedicated to new energies and smart city innovations, and the main theater for the deployment of blockchain application scenarios. It is located on the south shore of Qiantang River at the heart of Greater Hangzhou Bay Area. Wanxiang Group plans to invest RMB 200 Billion over 5 years, starting from 2017, in this ambitious project of 9 square kilometers. Wanxiang's ultimate goal is to build a smart city where 90,000 people will study, research, work, and reside. Unlike a traditional city with new technology added incrementally, at Innova City cutting edge technology will be embedded in the fabric of its physical and data infrastructure from the very planning stage, enabling bolder innovations and ground-breaking experimentations. Among other things, Wanxiang Innova City is to be the first digitalized city running on a secure and versatile cloud infrastructure enabled by blockchain. Incorporating artificial intelligence, IoT and cognitive computing on the edge, Innova City pioneers the next stage of urban intelligence that provides smart services, smart residence, and smart transportation, and covers the full life-cycle of research, incubation, conversion, production, and operation relating to these applications.
The Global Blockchain Challenge of application scenario is a first excercise of Open Innovation Ecosystem that serves Wanxiang's broader Innovation and Entrepreneurship platform. Future blockchain application scenarios in Wanxiang innovative energy city include distributed energy system, sharing economy model for vehicle use (where resident identification and the identification of electric vehicles will be recorded on a common ledger), the tracking and recycling of battery assets for EV and energy storage, smart factory floor management, V2V and V2I communication in smart transportation, and smart community services.
Scene 2： Low-Carbon Model Smart Town In Quzhou
The 3 square kilometers township is located in Hangbu Town, within Kecheng District of Quzhou Municipality in Zhejiang Province. The preparation stage of this 6 billion RMB project will start from 2017 to 2019. So far, the town and its surrounding areas have attracted a diverse range of photovoltaic projects on industrial land, corporate building, resident housing, and agricultural land, as well as large-scale natural-gas power plant, and hydroelectric station. Rounding up the infrastructure are an urban data center and leading-edge heat-treatment facilities, centers of logistic and storage facilities, and charging infrastructure for transportation system under planning. Energy infrastructures like micro-grid, electricity distribution network, heating network, compressed air network are being designed by companies from the project's industrial technology alliance. In this Low-Carbon Model Smart Town, Wanxiang will lead the exploration of blockchain application scenarios regarding distributed energy exchange and transaction in the town's own energy grid.
This Is Our Challenge
Power Grid Infrastructures Management
Distributed Dispatch Mechanism For Power Grid Infrastructures
The system should replace the traditional centralized dispatch mechanism for regional
power gird with distributed intelligent decision-making, in order to promote the
disintermediation in power grid infrastructure, and thus to increase safety and
reliability for regional power gird and to reduce the construction cost of
Distributed Energy Trading System
In this category we tap blockchain innovation in user terminals and exchange
network. We invite teams to develop a P2P energy trading system for distributed
energy grid and medium- and low-load energy users.
Hardware Solution Supporting High-Performance Blockchain Application
Develop hardware architecture of a smart terminal that is able to run high
performance blockchain application. The terminal should support the function of
traditional smart watt-hour meter and intelligent housing gateway while running
blockchain application (high performance energy blockchain included) and generating
various forms of smart contract.
An Exchange Platform
For Intellectual Properties In Technology
Based on blockchain technology, such system should provide solution for storing and
sharing information related to the access, sharing and trading of scientific and
Full Life-Cycle Management System
For Batteries Based On Blockchain Technology
A distributed battery database system based on blockchain technology, generating and
storing data of battery usage and condition, will be used as a solution for
trust-worthy, secure and commercially viable full-life-cycle management of batteries
as assets across a diverse range of usages.