Will Volcanic Geo-Thermal Energy Soon Power ‘Clean’ Bitcoin Mining in El Savador?

It remains unclear when the construction of this Bitcoin mining centre will be complete in El Salvador.

Will Volcanic Geo-Thermal Energy Soon Power ‘Clean’ Bitcoin Mining in El Savador?

Nayib Bukele, President of El Salvador, is supportive of cryptocurrencies

Highlights
  • El Salvador aims to facilitate Bitcoin mining without harming environment
  • High carbon emissions from Bitcoin mining has been a topic of concern
  • Miami in US is also considering nuclear-powered Bitcoin mining centres

Nayib Bukele, the President of El Salvador posted a 25-seconds long video that promises the “first steps” in Bitcoin mining. The footage showed glimpses of what reports speculate is a new volcanic geo-thermal Bitcoin mining facility being built in El Salvador, the world's first country to legalise Bitcoin as legal tender. Earlier in June this year, the Salvadoran government had asked geothermal electricity company LaGeo to map out a way to facilitate Bitcoin mining without causing harm to nature.

Without revealing too many details, Bukele captioned the clip with a seemingly positive couple of words, “...First steps.”

To mine or generate Bitcoins, miners have to solve complex mathematical equations via advanced computers. In June this year, the crypto-friendly Salvadoran President had shared the first image of the location where he intended to set up this Bitcoin mining centre.

At the time, he had said that by installing Bitcoin mining facilities near the volcanos, mining will be very cheap and 100 percent clean. He had also shared the image of the same location, where his fresh tweet showed the setting up procedures being carried out.

Bukele is not the only crypto-supporting region leader who is figuring ways to curb carbon footprint that comes along with Bitcoin mining.

Earlier this week, Francis Suarez, the mayor of US' Miami town proposed setting up a Bitcoin-mining facility near a nuclear power plant in Florida state.

As per news website Latest News Today, nuclear energy is on the brink of being recognised as a true environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) solution in terms of energy.

The massive energy consumption required by mass-level crypto mining and its harmful impacts on the environment have been worrying many nations including China, Russia, and Morocco among others.


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Radhika Parashar is a senior correspondent for Gadgets 360. She has been reporting on tech and telecom for the last three years now and will be focussing on writing about all things crypto. Besides this, she is a major sitcom nerd and often replies in Chandler Bing and Michael Scott references. For tips or queries you could reach out to her at RadhikaP@ndtv.com. More
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