Normally, the news that two firms are partnering together to launch a Bitcoin mining operation would likely be considered insignificant in the current crypto sphere. Today however, CoinDesk’s reaction piece to last week’s announcement of the Bitfury Group’s new partnership shows how the opposite can be true.
If you know anything about the Bitcoin network and how it functions overall, then you know that it depends on a Proof-of-Work consensus algorithm which means that crypto miners constantly work to verify and add blocks of transactions. This constant work, in turn, has been shown to require very large amounts of electricity to the point that Bitcoin mining has not been a viable option for the average crypto enthusiast for quite some time.
With this in mind, certain crypto insiders have proposed shifting to clean energy based crypto mining to essentially eliminate the already large carbon footprint that Bitcoin mining is leaving on our planet. The problem with such proposals is that until recently, it has seemed like none of them would truly garner any significant level of support.
As of last Thursday, things appear to be on the cusp of changing in this respect. Reportedly, Bitfury announced that they will partner with a South Korean Research & Development firm called the Commons Foundation to introduce clean energy based Bitcoin mining at a fairly large scale.
If you’re wondering exactly how they plan to do so, it all boils down to an existing mining device called the BlockBox AC, coupled together with a partnership between the two firms and two particular hydroelectric power plants in Paraguay. On top of this, the Commons Foundation’s true importance appears to lie in the fact that they already have the support of the Paraguayan government through their Golden Goose project, which has the goal of positioning Paraguay as the global crypto mining epicenter.
According to CoinDesk, while hydroelectric power is not exactly the cleanest form of energy out there, this partnership’s chief importance could actually lie in the fact that it has the support of the country’s government and one of its’ next efforts will include launching a crypto exchange, which it is reasonable to assume will have the full support of the Paraguayan government as well.
Perhaps the crypto capital of the world will not end up being on an island after all.
By: BGN Editorial Staff