Pennsylvania will soon host the nation’s first nuclear-powered Bitcoin mining facility.

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By Degen Lipsa

Mining Bitcoin (BTC) is becoming more and more common due to the growth of the cryptocurrency industry, and only recently the first nuclear-powered data centre in the US that will house Bitcoin mining operations was built.

source- Tom’s Hardware

According to a January 18 article from World Nuclear News, Cumulus Data, a zero-carbon data centre manufacturer and a subsidiary of independent power producer Talen Energy, has finished the powered shell for its first data centre powered by a 2.5-gigawatt nuclear power plant.

The Susquehanna nuclear power plant in northeast Pennsylvania is immediately connected to the 48-megawatt, 300,000-square-foot data centre, and its 1,200-acre site is planned to house the first cloud computing and Bitcoin mining operations in the United States.

Alex Hernandez, CEO of Cumulus Data and Talen Energy, commented on the development.

Our flagship Cumulus Susquehanna data center campus is positioned to welcome its first tenant and commence commercial operations this year. We look forward to advancing our mission to solve the energy ‘trilemma’, which we define as the rapidly increasing consumer demand for zero-carbon, low-cost, and reliable electricity by data center customers.

On top of this 48 megawatt powered shell, two more ones are being developed in phase 1 of the project, giving the campus a total projected capacity of 475 megawatts. Additional 18 Talen Energy locations were also identified by Cumulus Data as having the potential to house data centres that would be directly linked to the power plant.

When Talen Energy and the American cryptocurrency mining company TeraWulf agreed to a joint venture, the creation of the zero-carbon Bitcoin mining facility known as the Nautilus Cryptomine at the campus was originally announced in August 2021.

TeraWulf recently stated that it was in the early stages of ramping up its mining operations, for which it expects to provide 50 megawatts of net mining capacity in Q1 2023, despite the fact that the operations on the construction of the Bitcoin mine were briefly suspended in early December last year.

The Virunga National Park in eastern Congo is using hydro-electricity to mine bitcoin in another low-cost effort to raise money to protect the forests and wildlife in Africa’s oldest protected park, which have been harmed by years of militia violence, deforestation, and inadequate government support.

Zero-carbon Solar panels allow for the use of sunshine for bitcoin mining as well.An Antiminer S19, which consumes 72 kWh per day, would need a 14 kWh solar system, or around 35 typical 400-watt solar panels, to function properly in this manner. Finbold published a story in March 2022 on Peter Egyed, better known as AZ Hodl, erecting an off-grid solar array for his Bitcoin mining business, with the expectation that he would have a return on investment (ROI) in less than a year.

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