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Mitsubishi and Tokyo Tech create blockchain system for P2P energy trading

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Mitsubishi Electric has teamed up with researchers from the prestigious Japanese university, Tokyo Tech, to jointly design a blockchain-based trading system that can support more flexible, peer-to-peer energy trading.

Announced on Jan. 18, the new system is intended to support the efficient use of surplus electricity that is generated from renewable energy sources. In particular, it is hoped that the trading system can ensure that at any given moment, there will be the maximum available amount of surplus electricity accessible on the market for consumers. 

Peer-to-peer energy trading set-ups allow consumers and prosumers to engage in direct trading as buyers and sellers. To make their new system less reliant on hardware-intensive, high-volume computations, Mitsubishi Electric and Tokyo Tech have customized their blockchain system in order to optimize matches and make clearing buy and sell orders more efficient. 

According to the announcement, a distributed-optimization algorithm, which differs from most blockchain technologies, enables customer computers to share their trading goals and data and then to “optimally match buy and sell orders using minimal computations.” As well as requiring fewer computations, what Mitsubishi and Tokyo Tech call their “new mining method” can be executed on a micro-computing server. The four steps involved in the method are as follows:

“In the first step, information on buy and sell orders with a common trading goal (market surplus, profit, etc.) are shared by computing servers during a predetermined timeframe. Second, each server searches for buy and sell orders matched to the common goal in the first step. Third, each server shares its search results. In the fourth and final step, each server receives the search results and generates a new block by selecting trades that best meet the shared goal, which it adds to each blockchain.”

Moreover, to ensure trading is fair, the search for the solution for each shared goal occurs in a decentralized manner — i.e., in parallel on multiple computers, where equivalent matches are selected at random.

The flexibility of the system ensures that buyers and sellers can make trades above or below bid prices if the right match is found. Those who fail to make a trade can also change the terms of their subsequent offer on the basis of assessing the previous offer/bid conditions. 

Mitsubishi and Tokyo Tech anticipate that by ensuring the maximum amount of surplus electricity is available for trading on the market, the cost of sustainable consumer goods such as electric vehicles will drop accordingly. By proposing a peer-to-peer solution, the onus will no longer be on retail power firms to respond to market fluctuations.

As previously reported, blockchain-based digital energy platforms have already been operative for some time in other countries. The Australian firm Power Ledger, for example, offers blockchain-based transactive energy solutions that include peer-to-peer energy trading and virtual power plants, along with trading in carbon credits and renewable energy certificates.  

Mitsubishi and Tokyo Tech have announced that, following evaluations of the system’s operations beginning in April, their aim is to commercialize the product as quickly as possible.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/mitsubishi-and-tokyo-tech-create-blockchain-system-for-p2p-energy-trading

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Elon Musk Teases Bitcoin Maximilsts Once Again

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The CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company, has taken another humoristic stab at BTC maxis by asking how many are needed to change a light bulb. The wave of comments didn’t disappoint from names like Michael Saylor, Dan Held, Raoul Pal, and more.

  • Ever since the start of the year when Musk said he regretted not buying bitcoin years ago and later revealed that his EV company had actually purchased $1.5B in BTC, the billionaire has frequently been engaging with the community.
  • Most of the discussions used to be in a positive manner, but it all changed when Tesla disabled BTC payments citing environmental issues. When Musk started bashing the cryptocurrency for its high energy consumption levels, most Bitcoin maximalists changed their tunes as well.
  • However, it seems that Tesla’s CEO sees most of it from a humoristic point of view and the latest example, which came earlier today, supports this idea.
  • He reiterated a popular question on Twitter – ”How many Bitcoin maxis does it take to screw in a lightbulb?” Later on, his own response was also quite ironic.
  • Some popular BTC maximalists and other cryptocurrency commentators quickly offered their opinion on the matter. Michael Saylor, the CEO of MicroStrategy, was among the first who also caught the irony – “if you give us 10 minutes, maybe we can hash out the answer,” referring to how the Bitcoin network works.
  • Peter McCormack, the podcaster who recently interviewed the President of El Salvador on the country’s BTC adoption, took a stab at Musk, while Raoul Pal spoke about his views on what the BTC maxi tribe represents.
  • Interestingly, Dan Held, the Head of Growth at Kraken, responded with a reference towards Elon Musk’s favorite meme coin – Dogecoin.
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Bitcoin’s Dominance Rises as BTC Reached a 4-Day High at $35,500 (Market Watch)

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Although bitcoin failed to continue upwards after its intraday high of $35,500, its dominance over the market has increased further. This comes as most alternative coins have stalled, except for Dogecoin, which is up by double-digits.

BTC Dominance on the Rise

After the mid-week crash, in which bitcoin slumped below $30,000 for the first time since January, the asset’s performance has been calmer. It recovered most losses and even spiked to just shy of $35,000 on the following day but failed to continue higher as reported.

The bears drove it south to around $32,000, but the trajectory quickly reversed in the following hours. BTC started climbing again and added more than $3,000 of value.

As a result, it charted a four-day high of approximately $35,500. Despite losing over a grand since then, its dominance over the market has actually increased.

The metric comparing BTC’s market capitalization with all other cryptocurrencies is up to 47%.

BTCUSD. Source: TradingView
BTCUSD. Source: TradingView

Alts Stall While DOGE Pumps

Most of the alternative coins have remained stagnant on a 24-hour scale. Although Ethereum recovered from its most violent stages of the crash, it still fails to overcome $2,000 decisively. As a result, ETH trades just north of $1,900 for a second consecutive day.

Binance Coin jumped higher in the past 24 hours and even exceeded $310 at one point, but has retraced since then and is currently around $290. Cardano, Polkadot, Bitcoin Cash, and Chainlink are slightly in the red since yesterday.

In contrast, Ripple, Uniswap, Litecoin, and Solana have marked minor gains. Dogecoin is the most impressive performer once more from the larger-cap alts following a 10% increase to $0.26.

Cryptocurrency Market Overview. Source: Quantify Crypto
Cryptocurrency Market Overview. Source: Quantify Crypto

More fluctuations come from lower- and mid-cap alts. Celo (20%) has surged the most, followed by Nano (16%), Siacoin (12%), THORChain (12%), Curve DAO Token (11%), and Waves (10%).

Klaytn has lost the most from yesterday after a 14% drop. Nevertheless, the cumulative market capitalization of all cryptocurrency assets has remained just shy of $1.4 trillion.

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XRP, Chainlink, VeChain Price Analysis: 25 June 

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As the market continued to make slow and steady recovery, some altcoins bounced back up earlier than expected while others highlighted more volatility and steeper ups and downs.

With new updates in the SEC v. Ripple lawsuit rearing their heads every other day, XRP hiked after the 21 June fall. VeChain, on the contrary, made headlines after VeTrust, built on VeChain Thor, got adopted by a local Chinese government for better COVID-19 risk management.                                                                                                

XRPSource: XRP/USD – TradingView

XRP made a swift recovery as it noted 22% gains from its 22 June levels. The asset, after testing the $0.775-support on 21 June, fell below this level and tested the lower support at $0.55. XRP, after testing its lower support, later bounced back and highlighted considerable price gains.  

The Bollinger Bands for the asset noted a slight convergence that saw reduced volatility and a less expanded price range as the asset made recovery from its lower lows. Further, bullish momentum could be observed building on the Awesome Oscillator with the appearance of green bars. 

The Relative Strength Index for XRP was heading towards the neutral zone and had a reading of 38.43 at press time. The RSI’s uptick underlined an increase in buying pressure, one which pulled the asset from the oversold zone on 23 June. However, sellers were still dominant at press time.

XRP was trading at $0.67 at press time and if its northbound price movement continues, it can test the  $0.775-resistance as well.  

Chainlink [LINK]Source: LINK/USD – TradingView

LINK was trading at $18.9 at press time and was down 64.01% from its ATH with a breakeven multiple of 2.78. The alt’s price, after testing the $17.3 support, bounced back and made decent recoveries. The 15th ranked coin had a 24-hour price hike of 3.80% and a 7-day price dip of 16.30%. 

In light of the appearance of green candlesticks on the chart, the prevailing trend was slightly bullish. This corresponded with the Parabolic SAR’s white dots that have appeared below the candlesticks since the beginning of 24 June. Further, the Squeeze Momentum Indicator pointed to an active squeeze release (white dots) and projected a bullish trend in store for the asset. 

Finally, the MACD and Signal lines underwent a bullish crossover on 24 June, pointing towards a market recovery for the alt. This could lead the asset to rally towards the $25.9-resistance if recoveries continue.

VeChain [VET]Source: VET/USD – TradingView

VeChain was trading at $0.08 at press time and was ranked 21st on CoinMarkerCap. The alt saw decent recoveries after the 21 June price fall, and its 7-day price dip was 23.29% while its 24-hour price gain was 5.50%. The asset was down 70.14% from its ATH and had a breakeven multiple of 3.35. 

Bollinger Bands for the asset highlighted increased volatility and pictured a more expanded price range as the asset made recovery from its lower lows. Capital inflows for the asset were neutral, according to Chaikin Money Flow, with outflows still dominant in the market.

Finally, the Average Directional Index (ADX), highlighted a non-directional market. Once ADX is under 25, an uptrend can be expected to become stronger. The alt, after testing its lower support at $0.07, bounced back up and if the price rallies further it could touch the resistance level at $0.098.


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