In an era where transitioning to sustainable energy sources is essential to address global environmental challenges, new financing models are emerging to support the expansion of renewable energy installations. Tokenization, a concept born in the world of cryptocurrencies, is now gaining ground in the realm of real assets, including energy and industrial sectors, offering previously unthinkable opportunities and fostering the emergence of true energy communities.
Traditional Approach and New Frontiers
Currently, a company interested in building a renewable energy plant, such as wind turbines or solar panels, can adopt crowdfunding as a financing approach, either in the form of equity or debt. This modern and participatory model has already found numerous successful examples. However, today there are even more advanced tools and technologies that allow further enrichment of such models. Tokenization of real assets enables companies to leverage blockchain technology to create native digital financial instruments, representing equity or debt issuances through tokens.
This innovative approach offers companies the opportunity to finance their installations in a traditional manner but with the support of blockchain technology, facilitating the creation of digital financial instruments. This tokenized instrument not only has all the features of the traditional one but also gives investors benefits like speed, transparency, tradability, and accessibility through blockchain technology. It distributes returns based on the plant’s production.
Tokenization of Energy
Furthermore, compared to the traditional model, blockchain allows for much more. Starting with the introduction of the token as currency. Imagine that the yield of the plant is not in euros, but in the energy produced by the plant, in the form of tokens. I can create a token that represents energy, directly linked to the production of the plant. The blockchain follows the “supply chain” and certifies all steps, while IoT serves as an oracle for the blockchain, which will generate new “energy tokens” based on what is produced by the plant. The token will then be automatically distributed among holders of the tokenized financial instrument, as a return.
Benefits for Investors: Energy as a New Form of “Currency”
From here to talking about energy communities at a national level is a short step. The Lombard investor can finance the plant in a geographically distant region like Sicily. The energy produced will be in Sicily, but the financier will receive energy tokens as return, which can be traded on the market or exchanged with the supplier for energy. This aspect introduces an element of territoriality and “energy transportation.”
Today, thanks to the synergy between blockchain and IoT, it is possible to create an energy community where token holders receive benefits based on the amount of energy produced. Each token corresponds to a certain amount of kilowatt-hours, allowing participants to obtain discounts on bills or other benefits. For the company and the investor, the joint use of blockchain and IoT ensures security, transparency, and integrity of the data associated with transactions. This synergy not only increases investor confidence but also demonstrates a concrete commitment to security and transparency in business operations, providing even more robust and reliable certification.
Through tokenization, the company can access new sources of financing, obtaining liquidity without fully resorting to traditional banking channels or the stock market. This financial flexibility allows for the implementation of renewable energy projects more quickly and efficiently. Furthermore, diversification of financing sources reduces financial risk and expands the investment opportunities available to the company. This model allows the company to consolidate its image as a modern, cutting-edge organization committed to responsible business practices. In summary, the tokenization of renewable energy installations not only represents a responsible choice but also offers tangible benefits in terms of image, operational security, and financial flexibility, positioning the company as a leader in the industry, attracting positive attention from investors, customers, and partners.
In this context, BlockInvest stands out as the ideal technological partner, offering a secure blockchain-based platform that numerous companies, financial institutions, and industrial partners are already using to tokenize their real assets. A leap into the future that perfectly aligns with BlockInvest’s mission, which aims to facilitate access to new sources of financing and promote sustainable practices in the energy and industrial sectors.
In this context, BlockInvest emerges as the ideal technological partner, offering a secure blockchain-based platform. Numerous companies, financial institutions, and industrial partners are already using it to tokenize their real assets, aligning perfectly with BlockInvest’s mission to facilitate access to new financing sources and promote sustainable practices in the energy and industrial sectors.