Creating a Mobile Virtual Power Plant
How can we use electric cars as mobile virtual power plants for better electricity grid balance? Winning hackathon solutions will be incubated and scaled in the European energy market with Vattenfall.


Increasingly, environmental concerns are driving the evolution of the energy system, and the electrification of the transport sector is considered a crucial element in achieving sustainability goals.

A successful introduction of electric vehicles (EV) allows for reduced CO2 emissions, but also challenges the power system: as the number of EVs increases, the impact of unregulated charging is more clearly observable, especially at the distribution level, where high EV concentrations cause congestion due to the correspondence between EV charging and peak residential consumption. However, since EVs can act as mobile storage points, they could be considered not passive loads, but assets, strengthening the system by adding flexibility.

Given the growing portion of the grid given over to distributed energy resources with intermittent outputs, flexible ancillary services will be increasingly important in the future.

In order to coordinate large numbers of decentralised mobile energy units, Vattenfall wants to explore using cars as mobile virtual power plants. Vattenfall challenges you to use blockchain to create a transparent mechanism to receive flexibility bids as well as tracking each user’s participation.


Business, legal, tax and IT experts from Vattenfall

Vattenfall is in conversation with other stakeholders to form a consortium with all relevant parties for this value chain.


Specific datasets to fit the individual teams will be determined after talking to the team captains for this track.

Basic Vattenfall energy market datasets and challenge-specific items will be available during the Hackathon.

Much data can be retrieved from open sources such as EV fleet availability, charging distance and more.



Mature SME


We are looking for an application solution based on hash graph protocol or another scalable protocol.


We expect teams to build an open protocol to be launched and adopted on a European level


Vattenfall’s mission is to become fossil-free within one generation.

Vattenfall is a leading European energy company, that has electrified industries, supplied energy to people’s homes and modernised our way of living through innovation and cooperation for over a hundred years.

We employ approximately 20,000 people and operate mainly in Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, the UK and Finland. Vattenfall is wholly owned by the Swedish state.
Vattenfall operates 10,000 charging stations in Sweden, Germany, Netherlands and the UK.

In Amsterdam alone, 100,000 charging sessions are carried out every month.

Ambition and goals

We want to make fossil-free living possible within one generation. We therefore encourage the transition to a more sustainable energy system through the expansion of renewable production and climate-smart energy solutions for our customers.

We need emerging technologies like blockchain, AI and machine learning to reach that goal. Members of the Odyssey ecosystem will build a new application to connect vehicles to leapfrog the energy transition and we will help incubate and launch their solution.

Track record in innovation and acceleration with teams/companies

Over the last two years, Vattenfall has supported over half the teams in their track with:

–        Pitching to the Vattenfall board

–        Business training

–        Connecting with internal and external stakeholders



Current consortium: Vattenfall is currently working to set up a full consortium with all relevant market players. We will update the website as new parties join.


Distribution system operators (DSO), transmission system operators (TSO), governments, protocol foundations and experts on forming consortia on a European scale.

Car Manufacturers



What does the partner have to offer. The consortium (still under development) will offer you the chance to instantly scale up your solution throughout the energy market chain on a European level. Vattenfall will guide and support this process.


Vattenfall will guide and support this process.


What do consortium partners have to offer: The consortium is still being formed.



Articles and other media will be made available to the teams on the formation and during the deep dive.



Charlotta Edeland – R&D Engineer – Vattenfall

Interview with Michiel Sintenie, Vattenfall

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