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Independent tests find Billon Unified Enterprise DLT System 60% more energy efficient and 2.5x faster than enterprise Ethereum

October 28, 2021

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Findings indicate Billon Group blockchain architecture provides breakthrough technology to address crucial issues of environmental sustainability, scalability and speed

(London/Warsaw, October 28, 2021) The Unified Enterprise DLT System, a high performance and regulatory compliant blockchain protocol designed by Billon Group, dramatically outperformed Ethereum in both speed and energy efficiency in performance tests conducted last week by an independent third party. The findings come as organizations around the world seek to unlock the security and efficiency benefits of blockchain while managing its often significant energy usage. These outcomes could be significant for both financial transactions and advanced document management, both multi-billion dollar global industries.


The protocol was compared to two different configurations of enterprise BESU/Ethereum: IBFT2 and PoA-Clique on a like-for-like basis, without the use of transaction batching, so that an accurate picture of performance could be understood. Tests were supervised by the blockchain team of one of the top auditing firms, which independently assessed infrastructure, test scripts and  source code.


Tests were performed for both financial transactions, where throughput is critical, and for on-chain document storage, where publishing capacity is critical, especially for the non-fungible token or IP rights management markets. 


Key findings from the tests are as follows:

  • Performance. The Unified Enterprise DLT wrote 3.2x more documents to blockchain at peak loads for 500 nodes than Ethereum, and achieved a throughput of 2.5x that of Ethereum for financial transactions.
  • Power consumption: At peak load and for the most demanding use case of document publication, the Unified Enterprise DLT consumed 68% less power, consuming only 0.180 milliwatts per document and 0.029 milliwatts per transaction.
  • Scalability.  When comparing performance for 500 nodes vs 100 nodes, the Unified Enterprise DLT increased performance by 150% for both documents and transactions, whereas Ethereum was only able to provide 19% more publication capacity for documents, and tests for transactions were hampered by memory capacity constraints.


Andrzej Horoszczak, Founder & CTO of Billon Group, comments: “These exciting results confirm that the Unified Enterprise DLT System is capable of international adoption at scale, and prove that better consensus mechanisms lead to permissioned architectures which can be both open to communities of developers and deliver the level of energy efficiency required to make blockchain sustainable.”


David Putts, Chief Growth Officer and Digital Pound Foundation member, comments: “Our blue-chip client base is already experiencing the benefits of tokenized national currencies, and with these performance and scalability results, we set the bar for expectations of architectures to support tokenized national currency, especially in support of Central Bank Digital Cash efforts .”


Robert Kaluza, co-Founder, makes a final comment: “Our participation in the European Blockchain Service Infrastructure initiative, or EBSI, demands solutions that meet the needs of 27 member states while being eco-friendly. It is time to stop the argument that we should use architectures built for cryptocurrency, as quite frankly, those architectures are killing our planet .”


Billon also announced they have filed 11 patents to date, and will embark on a program of opening their platform within their next funding cycle in 2022.


Read the full performance report here.

About Billon

Billon created a DLT protocol and system specifically for tokenizing and transacting national currency and processing sensitive data in compliance with regulations, thus unleashing the transformational capabilities of blockchain technologies in the regulated world.  Billon’s underlying protocol was designed for high throughput levels and low cost of maintenance in a range of environments. The system supports clients developing their own enterprise-grade applications in areas of Accounts & Transactions, Trusted Documents, and Identity & Data Sharing.


Billon Group Ltd. was founded in the UK in 2015, following several years of R&D in Poland. Its unique DLT protocol has been supported by many R&D grants, including the EU Horizon 2020 program. Billon is licensed to issue electronic money by regulators in the UK and Poland.  Billon’s growing client list includes leading companies such as FIS, Raiffeisen Bank International and BIK (the Polish credit reporting agency). Billon has offices in London and Warsaw.


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Emilia Ordon

Head of PR & Communication, Billon Group

Emilia Ordon is Head of Marketing and Public Relations with extensive experience in communications and brand management. She has managed communication and marketing campaigns for many brands including ITI Group, TVN, Polish-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry to name a few. She advised diverse companies and individuals on content and brand management and the creation of engaging client communication.

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