Developing on the Volta Test Network and Main Network (Energy Web Chain)
Blockchain networks to support test and production environments
Energy Web supports two distinct blockchain networks:
- 1.The Volta Test Network (Testnet)
- 2.The Energy Web Production Network (Mainnet)
Volta is the pre-production test network (testnet) of the Energy Web Chain. It’s the blockchain equivalent of a test server or test environment in traditional software development. Most blockchains have at least one test network. Ethereum, for example, has several test networks for pre-deployment testing.
Volta is used as a staging network to:
- Test smart contracts before they are deployed on the production chain. If you write your own smart contract, you will want to deploy it and test it on Volta first to make sure it works as expected. Because tokens on the testnet (Volta tokens) have no real value, you can test thoroughly and incur no cost.
The Energy Web main network (mainnet) is the production network of the Energy Web Chain. The gas fees to pay for transactions require Energy Web Tokens (EWT), which have real value. You can read more about EWT and how to acquire it here.