With the expansion of the cryptocurrency sector, Bitcoin (BTC) mining has become increasingly mainstream, and the construction of the first nuclear-powered data center in the United States that is expected to host bitcoin mining services was recently completed.
In fact, carbon-neutral data center manufacturer Cumulus Data, a subsidiary of independent power producer Tallinn Energy, has completed the supported structure of its first data center powered by a 2.5 GW nuclear power plant, Nuclear World News Reported on January 18th.
The 48-megawatt, 300,000-square-foot data center is connected directly to the Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant in northeastern Pennsylvania, and its 1,200-acre campus is expected to host bitcoin mining and cloud services — the first of its kind in the United States.
Solve the triple power problem
Comments from Alex Hernandez, CEO of Cumulus Data and Talen Energy on the development:
“Our flagship Cumulus Susquehanna data center campus is positioned to welcome its first tenant and begin commercial operations this year. We look forward to moving forward on our mission to solve the energy tri-problem, which we define as the rapidly growing consumer demand for low-carbon, low-cost, reliable electricity from data center customers.”
Additionally, in addition to this 48 MW shell, there are two more in advanced development in the first phase of the project, with a planned combined capacity of 475 MW. Cumulus Data has also identified an additional 18 Talen Energy sites with the potential for data centers connected directly to the power plant.
The development of a carbon-neutral bitcoin mining facility called Nautilus Cryptomine on campus was first announced in August 2021, when Talen Energy signed a joint venture agreement with US-based cryptocurrency mining company TeraWulf.
Despite temporarily suspending operations on Bitcoin mine construction in early December last year, TeraWulf recently said that it was in the first phase of ramping up its mining operations, which it expects to deliver 50 megawatts of net mining capacity in the first quarter of 2023.
Environmentally friendly bitcoin mining
In another low-cost Bitcoin mining, Virunga National Park in eastern Congo is mining bitcoin using hydroelectric power to provide the funding needed to protect forests and wildlife in Africa’s oldest protected park, which has been affected by years of militia violence, deforestation and poor government assistance.
It is also possible to mine Bitcoin without carbon using sunlight, using solar panels. To operate successfully in this way, Antiminer S19, which uses 72 kWh per day, will require a 14 kWh solar system, or about 35 standard 400 watt solar panels.
In March 2022, Coinphony also reported on Peter Egyed, aka AZ Hodl, who installed an off-grid solar panel for his Bitcoin mining operation, which he expected to generate a return on investment (ROI) within 36 months.
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