The U.S. will welcome its first-ever nuclear-powered data center offering Bitcoin mining during the first quarter of this year. According to World Nuclear News on January 18, independent power producer Talen Energy’s subsidiary, Cumulus Data, has finished constructing the powered shell of the data center, which runs on a 2.5-gigawatt nuclear power station.
The 48-megawatt, 300,000-square-foot data center in northeast Pennsylvania gives businesses a unique opportunity: it’s connected directly to the Susquehanna nuclear power plant and has a 1,200-acre campus to host your Bitcoin mining and cloud computing services! This one-of-a-kind facility in the U.S. is ready to provide you with the best of both worlds – energy efficiency and reliable power. In August 2021, Talen Energy and U.S.-based cryptocurrency mining firm TeraWulf partnered to launch a zero-carbon Bitcoin mining facility—the Nautilus Cryptomine at the campus!
Environmentally Friendly Bitcoin mining
On the other side, Virunga National Park in eastern Congo is providing a low-cost solution for Bitcoin mining, using hydroelectricity in an effort to fund their work in protecting the forests and wildlife in Africa’s oldest protected park. The region has unfortunately been affected by militia violence, deforestation, and lack of government assistance over many years.
Friendly reminder: Zero-carbon Bitcoin mining can be done using sunlight too. An Antiminer S19, which consumes approximately 72 kWh daily, needs a 14 kWh solar system – or around 35 standard 400-watt solar panels – to be successful. In March 2022, Finbold shared the news that Peter Egyed, otherwise known as AZ Hodl, had installed an off-grid solar array for his Bitcoin mining industry. This setup was anticipated to provide a return on investment (ROI) within 36 months! How fantastic is that!