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International Journal of Global Energy Issues (3 papers in press)

Special Issue on: Blockchain-Enabled Energy Markets

  • Blockchain, the new energy revolution   Order a copy of this article
    by Abdelkader Derbali 
    Abstract: Blockchain technology is nothing more than a new way of managing data, essentially a decentralized database. There are a lot of blockchains today, Bitcoin being the first. While Bitcoin's only blockchain application is cryptocurrency, recent developments allow the blockchain to be applied in many areas, including energy. In this paper, we asked about the key points of this revolutionary technology, what it means for the energy sector and how it can accelerate the transition to the energy market. We find that through the application of blockchain technology is the opportunity to streamline internal processes and processes shared with external market participants. Also, this fundamentally changes the landscape of energy and commodity trading.
    Keywords: Blockchain; cryptocurrency; Bitcoin; energy commodities.

  • BLOCKCHAIN AND ENERGY TRANSITION: WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES FOR CITIES?   Order a copy of this article
    by Lamia Jamel, Abdelkader Derbali 
    Abstract: The aim of this exploratory note is to draw the first outlines of the experimental use of blockchains for energy at the local level: to what extent can blockchains impact the energy transition of cities? How can cities and their inhabitants, thanks to this technology, become a producer of energy and consume all or part of this same energy? This exploratory note provides an overview of the types of energy this technology could apply to, as well as potential uses in the territories. Multiple experiments seem to be already launched by public and private actors, for example in the sector of municipal buildings, exchanges between private actors or in the energy sector for the (electric) mobility of people. The opportunities and vigilance of blockchain technologies for communities are discussed. In addition, perspectives to establish if and when a massification of this technology at the local level could be possible are presented.
    Keywords: Blockchain; technologies; energy transition.

  • Interaction bewteen commodity market and cryptocurrencies   Order a copy of this article
    by Fathi Jouini, Ahlem Selma Messai 
    Abstract: The aim of this study is to show that the bitcoin market is not isolated but is rather influenced by commodity markets in terms of return and volatility. we used the return of bitcoin, crude oil, gold, silver and wheat for a period from January 03, 2011 to November 22, 2017.rnBased on the EGARCH model estimate, the main results indicated that bitcoin return is positively but weakly influenced by returns for crude oil, gold, silver, and wheat. The results also show an inverse relationship between the volatility of crude oil and bitcoin. So Bitcoin is a strong hedge against energy products. For gold, silver and wheat, the absence of risk transmission to the bitcoin market suggests diversification opportunities allowing investors to use bitcoin with any of the three assets to reduce the portfolio risk.rn
    Keywords: Bitcoin; Volatility spillover; Commodity.