Along with our regular daily clean tech news coverage, CleanTechnica also produces in-depth reports on various aspects of clean energy and clean transport. One of the emerging technologies we cover that isn’t directly a clean tech innovation is blockchain, which promises to be a catalyst for innovation in the green economy in the very near future. Blockchain is probably most widely known to the public as “having something to do with cryptocurrency and Bitcoin, right?,” which is partially correct, but the technology itself has a wide range of applications, some of which will be crucial in the fields of distributed renewable energy, grid management and energy storage, and smart contracts, among others. The full report Blockchain – An Innovation Enabler for Clean Technology , which was published in July, is a deep dive into blockchain and its potential, and we will be posting more excerpts from the report over the coming weeks. (Read the last installment here .) The blockchain and related technologies assessed in this second part of this article are: 5. IBM Blockchain (Hyperledger) 6. IOTA 7. NEO 8. RIPL 9. EOS 10. Stellar [See part one for evaluation criteria.] 5. IBM Blockchain (Hyperledger Fabric) IBM Blockchain (Hyperledger Fabric) IBM is a core member of the Hyperledger opensource group and a significant contributor to the opensource code base.

Further, it hosts enterprise-scale Hyperledger Fabric on its IBM Cloud platform, both in public cloud test environments and in highly-secure dedicated Hyperledger environments. And it charges for it. Unlike most of the rest of the blockchain technologies, this isn’t roll-your-own opensource, but an enterprise component, hosted and managed by an enterprise service provider which is global in scope. But IBM understands the security that governments and corporation need and understands the sensitivity of data better than most organizations are […]