Energy Web endows PhD / doctoral studentship at UNIC to advance blockchain research and commercialization

The University’s Institute For the Future (IFF) becomes the first Energy Web Academic Member

Zug, Switzerland and Nicosia, Cyprus—02 December 2020—Today, Energy Web announced that it has entered into an agreement with the University of Nicosia (UNIC) to fund a PhD / doctoral studentship focused on interoperability, advancing blockchain research and implementation. The endowed studentship will sit within the Distributed Ledgers Research Centre (DLRC) at UNIC’s Institute For the Future (IFF). Alongside this announcement, UNIC will become an Academic Member of Energy Web.

“This is an exciting step for bridging academia and the global blockchain industry, so that important and fundamental research continues to happen to support the digitization of the electricity grid”, explained Walter Kok, CEO of Energy Web. “This marries the research of leading institutions like UNIC to not just Energy Web but our entire ecosystem of global energy companies and grid operators”.

UNIC previously made headlines when it became the first accredited university in the world to accept cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) for tuition payment. The University also offers a master’s degree in blockchain and digital currencies and the world’s first massive open online course (MOOC) focused on blockchain, which to date has seen almost 40,000 students from 100 countries enrol.

“We have proudly been at the forefront of blockchain research and preparing the next generation of the workforce in related fields to advance the technology”, underlined Dr. Klitos Christodoulou, Research Manager at IFF. “The energy sector presents one of the great global use cases for distributed ledger technology. We’re thrilled to partner with a leader like Energy Web to connect our doctoral candidates to the world’s largest energy blockchain ecosystem”.

For the endowed PhD studentship, UNIC and Energy Web will jointly agree on the thematic focus of a candidate’s blockchain research. The initial focus of the research will address the interoperability of the UNIC EW-DOS tech stack and Energy Web ecosystem with existing and emerging blockchain systems. Energy Web will also be able to nominate an industry expert to join UNIC’s academic PhD committee as an external advisor.

More details on the Energy Web PhD Studentship @ IFF can be found here. Should you have any questions on the technical and scientific aspect, please contact Dr. Klitos Christodoulou, [email protected].

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About the Institute For the Future (IFF) of the University of Nicosia (UNIC)

The Institute For the Future (IFF) is a leading global provider of education and research in blockchain and digital currencies. It is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Nicosia (UNIC), aimed at advancing emerging technologies and contributing to their effective application in industry, government and education, as well as evaluating their impact on employment, wealth inequality and our lives and societies in general. Its overall mission is to educate leaders, develop knowledge and build communities, to help society prepare for a future shaped by transformative technologies. The Distributed Ledgers Research Centre (DLRC), hosted at IFF, is the Institute’s applied research laboratory on blockchain protocols and distributed ledger technology.

E-mail: [email protected]
Twitter: @IFFunic

About Energy Web

Energy Web is a global, member-driven non-profit accelerating a low-carbon, customer-centric electricity system by unleashing the potential of blockchain and decentralized technologies. EW focuses on our open-source, decentralized, digital technology stack — the Energy Web Decentralized Operating System (EW-DOS) — to enable any device, owned by any customer, to participate in any energy market.

EW launched the Energy Web Chain, the world’s first enterprise-grade, public blockchain tailored to the energy sector and the anchor of the broader EW-DOS technology stack. As the industry’s leading energy blockchain partner and most-respected voice of authority on energy blockchain, EW has also fostered the world’s largest energy blockchain ecosystem, comprising utilities, grid operators, renewable energy developers, corporate energy buyers, IoT / telecom leaders, and others. More than 30 of those companies host validator nodes for the EW Chain.

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Peter Bronski, Energy Web
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