Former Director of Swiss Federal Office of Energy Mr Walter Steinmann steps in as advisor for Hive Power

The team at Hive Power is excited to announce that Walter Steinmann, the former director of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE, has joined as an advisor!

The SFOE is responsible for energy policy-making, which includes securing a sustainable power supply, promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency, and the coordination of research in Switzerland.

Dr. Steinmann acts as a member of the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency, and from 2007 to 2010, he was a member of the Governing Board of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Mr. Steinmann brings a great deal of leadership experience and credibility running across his many endeavors; from leading a European government agency to corporate sector research and advisory. To maximize the success of our project, we believe it’s extremely important to grow a diverse and qualified board, leveraging not only a wide range of academic and business backgrounds, but also tapping into government policy makers and overseers. We have been honored to have him join the Hive Power advisory board and excited about the important work we are going to complete together to help usher in the future of decentralized energy communities.

“I am really thrilled that Dr. Steinmann has committed to supporting the Hive Power project. His great field experience and the network will help us in the development of our business.” Gianluca Corbellini, CEO

Hive Power and the capabilities of the Hive Token (HVT) are set to bolster evolution in an industry that has been rapidly changing and in need of disruption. While we already have a superior technology and potential, it is the strength of our team and advisors that will help us to enter the market with maximum efficiency. Join us in decentralizing the future of energy here.

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Reimagining A Cryptocurrency Energy Economy with Hive Power

We’ve always claimed that our vision at Hive Power is to create a world that shares energy to ensure a better and brighter future. One of the ways we are doing just that, is by bringing solutions to a range of challenges being faced not just in the energy market, but also across blockchain technologies and projects. We thought we would take a moment to explore some of the key problems cryptocurrency energy initiatives are currently facing and how Hive Power is reimagining better ways forward.

Problem 1: The energy market needs to evolve towards a more sustainable, economic future.

As the energy market has begun to shift away from larger power plants to smaller decentralized sources, a major gap exists in the development of exchange models that can help keep energy usage sustainable, while also lowering prices for consumers.

The Hive Power Solution: While, the energy market is certainly facing an array of challenges, we created a turnkey solution utilizing Ethereum based smart contracts to mitigate the most pressing energy industry issues.   

We designed the Hive Token (HVT) to allow users to create and manage what we call “Hives”- distributed energy market platforms that can be implemented using Ethereum based smart contracts.  Just think, if you or your neighbor had an excess of energy, but, also had the ability to share this usable power with another individual in your community, it could strategically reduce costs for all involved, optimize the consumption and create a more sustainable model for future demands on the grid.  For those already looking to control their own energy future, registering for our ICO at might be your solution.

Problem 2: Lack of research and expertise across cryptocurrency teams and leadership  

Blockchain projects are often led by teams that may understand cryptocurrency, but have a very limited expertise in the business sector with which they intend to operate. This has left buyers, enthusiasts and users with a quickly dwindling value.  The failures of a large number of projects can often be attributed to a lack of research and expertise on all levels.

The Hive Power Team Difference: The team at Hive Power has always been proud to be a part of  the world’s most well regarded and sophisticated research institutions exploring the energy industry. In fact, our startup was incubated at SUPSI (The University of Applied Sciences and Applied Arts of Southern Switzerland) and developed based on deep knowledge and expertise earned over years of academic and corporate research. From our CEO’s career as asset manager for European solar parks to our COO Davide still leading the Energy systems research sector at SUPSI today, we maintain an in-depth knowledge of  the challenges we face and the solutions we can offer. A detailed guide to both can be found within our white-paper

Problem 3:  Conceptual projects lacking real-world business initiatives.

 A wide variety of cryptocurrency projects have dynamic sounding solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social and financial problems, but no real idea on how to achieve them, or the actual operational capability to see them through.

The Hive Power Way: Hive Power is more than a concept or just a sales pitch that has been coupled with a flashy white paper. We have developed our technology prototype and are already working with world-acclaimed partners who span the corporate, public and academic sectors. It is these strong relationships that have already helped to move our project from its idea phase, into being actionable. It’s not only that partners like Landis-Gyr, and the Swiss Government’s center for energy research believe in and support the work that we are doing,  but that they are actually hand-in-hand helping us to enter the market successfully. Have a great idea on who else we should partner with next? Bring it up on our telegram community and join the conversation.

Make sure to stay tuned for “Reimagining a Cryptocurrency Energy Economy Part 2”, where we will provide depth on the core technologies we are working, how they are being implemented and how we differentiate from our competitors.  

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Introducing the Hive Power Team


Gianluca Corbellini holds a M.Sc. in Mathematical Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, focused on mathematical modelling, optimization and artificial intelligence. He has a large experience in multinational corporations in the energy business, having been asset manager for photovoltaic plants and research engineer in the oil and gas industry. In the University of Applied Science and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) he is involved in modelling of photovoltaics plants, in the development of new business models for the optimization of smart grids. He was also lecturer for the course “Design of Energy Systems” regarding the design of micro-grids.

Davide Rivola is a senior researcher with a multi-disciplinary micro-engineering background. He is leading the Energy Systems research sector at SUPSI. Before his research activities he gained several years of industrial experience, designing industrial automation systems and developing real-time software for embedded electronics. During the last seven years he researched, developed and trialed in pilot projects fully decentralized energy management systems for self-consumption optimization and grid instability reduction. He is personally involved in blockchain technology since 2013, with an enthusiasm that only grew during time.

Vasco Medici received a M.Sc. in Micro-Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and a Ph.D. in Neuroinformatics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He previously worked in the development of real-time 3D video-based tracking applications. He currently leads the Intelligent Energy Systems Team at SUPSI, where is also teaches the “Introduction to Smart Grid” course. His main competences are system identification, algorithmics, modeling and simulation. He is the coordinator at SUPSI for the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research on Future Swiss Electrical Infrastructure SCCER FURIES. In close collaboration with industrial partners, his team runs a number of pilot projects in the field of demand side management applied to smart grids.

Lorenzo Nespoli received the M.Sc. degree in Energy Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2013. Since 2014 he works on multiphysics simulations and electric grid optimization at SUPSI, where he is lecturer for the “Introduction to Smart Grid” course. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, where he is working on decentralized control algorithms and model-based forecasts for demand side management in the distribution grid, in the context of Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research — Future Swiss Electrical Infrastructure SCCER FURIES.

Davide Strepparava is a researcher of the Intelligent Energy Systems Team at the Institute for Sustainability Applied to the Built Environment at SUPSI. He received a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Politecnico di Milano. Before his academic activity, he worked for several years in building automation and access control industries. He has a notable experience in data science and database management. In SUPSI he is involved in research projects mainly related to the monitoring of solar plants and smart grids. In the last two years he matured an accomplished experience in blockchain technology, especially focused on Ethereum platform, working on research projects related to decentralized and smart energy markets.

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