Kenya Offers Renewable Energy Sources to Miners
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Bitcoin mining operations may soon be relocating to Kenya. The African country now offers miners a green energy source to achieve their green mining goals.
Bitcoin’s energy consumption is often the subject of strong criticism. However, since the summer of 2020, the cryptocurrency ecosystem and miners seem determined to use other energy sources with a lower carbon footprint. Kenya wants to help the industry achieve this goal. In this sense, the nation wants to offer renewable energy sources to Bitcoin miners.
KenGen Romances Miners
So far, Africa does not host any Bitcoin mining farms. But the Kenyan energy company KenGen wants to change this reality. It intends to make green energy sources available to miners. To benefit, they must place their facilities around the company’s geothermal plant.
“We have space and electricity is close, which contributes to stability,” said Peketsa Mwangi, KenGen’s director of geothermal development.
According to Quartz Africa, Kenya could be the leading producer of thermal energy in Africa. The country has a supply capacity of 863 MW, mainly supplied by KenGen. However, experts estimate that the country could have a thermal energy potential of 10,000 MW.
Bitcoin Mining: What about the energy consumption?
At nearly 2214.09 kWH, a transaction on the Bitcoin blockchain consumes as much energy as an average American household in 75 days. And, it dumps 1234.93kg of CO2, the equivalent of 2,737,036 transactions on the Visa network. The annual figures are even more alarming. According to Digiconomist data, Bitcoin’s energy consumption amounts to 204.5 TWh, the equivalent of a country like Thailand.
However, Bitcoin’s share of green energy has increased significantly in recent years. A report by the Bitcoin Mining Council (BMC) on the cryptocurrency’s energy consumption for the fourth quarter of 2021 shows that Bitcoin’s electricity mix stands at 58.5%.
Energy Mix of Bitcoin mining and that of certain countries. Source: Bitcoin Mining Council
As the table above illustrates, the energy mix of miners far exceeds that of many countries around the world. According to data reported by BMC, only Germany and England are approaching the 50% mark. The two countries have an energy mix of 48.5% and 43.5% respectively.
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