Blockchain Europe


The project to establish the European Blockchain Institute in North Rhine-Westphalia


The digital transformation affects nearly all areas of the country, whether societal, political, social, or even legal. In the project to establish the European Blockchain Institute in North Rhine-Westphalia, formative forces from research and business are being concentrated on the future-oriented blockchain technology in order to drive this transformation forward.



The challenge

Logistics and supply chain management describe a highly complex field of application consisting of many different economically independent partners. Transfer of liability and risk, multilateral data exchange and questions of trust describe only a few of the challenges in supply chain management. In this context, block chain technology represents a key technology that has the potential to make data exchange tamper-proof and to automate a large number of processes in the value-added chain and to make them autonomous in the future.


Our contribution

The Fraunhofer ISST's field of activity in the project includes the connection of the block chain broker to the International Data Spaces (IDS). This includes the specification of technical and organizational interfaces between the platforms formed in the project and the IDS. Furthermore, we are involved in the project organization and the development of demonstrators.



The project Blockchain Europe pursues two essential goals: On the one hand, the formation of the European Blockchain Institute in North Rhine-Westphalia, a physical culmination point for research and development in the field of Blockchain for Europe. On the other hand, the development of a research program of the European Blockchain Institute in North Rhine-Westphalia, which, in addition to the IT architecture for components such as the Blockchain Broker, also considers open, barrier-free and discrimination-free software and hardware solutions as well as business models around blockchain technology.

The SELE and Blockchain Europe describe two building blocks of the same vision. Together they form the basis of a Silicon Economy, i.e. a data and platform economy in which people, companies, autonomous vehicles and IoT devices interact with each other according to Industry 4.0 principles.



  • Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, Dortmund
  • Lehrstuhl für Unternehmenslogistik der Technischen Universität Dortmund
  • Lehrstuhl für Förder- und Lagerwesen der Technischen Universität Dortmund 


  • Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia