Can blockchain and a microgrid cure Puerto Rico’s power isses?

As of December 14, three months after Hurricane Maria, Bloomberg Business reports that 1/3 of the island is still without power.

While the Louis Berger Group has won an Army Corps of Engineers contract to supply temporary power to the islands – and they have extensive experience doing the same in other disaster areas – there will still be the long term solutions to a power grid troubled not only by natural disaster, but also economic calamity. The island’s electric utility was already $9 Billion in debt before Maria hit.

An Puerto Rican aerospace engineer, Enrique Martinea, thinks there may be a solution using a a network of solar power microgrids with Etherium, a decentralized blockchain platform that runs smart contracts, providing the transactional network for payments between systems.

Read more at blockchain web site Bitsonline
Read the Bloomberg article on rebuilding Puerto Rico
Read about the Louis Berger contract on Forbes
Read an overview of a PR microgrid on The Hill
Image: Bloomberg

This Bloomberg video details the problems Puerto Rico is facing.

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