One of the biggest arguments against cryptocurrency mining is that it has a negative impact on the environment. Mining operations require massive amounts of energy, and one man in the Czech Republic is looking to give back by growing tomatoes using the heat from his mining computer.
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Kamil Brejcha lives in Prague. As co-founder of the digital trading platform Nakamoto X, and also a cyptocurrency miner. The heat produced by his computer during bitcoin extractions is now being used to grow greenhouse vegetables. He recently announced on Twitter that he had successfully managed to grow several bunches of tomatoes through the process, boasting of harvesting “cryptomatoes.”
“Who would imagine that mining cryptocurrencies and agriculture can work together?” he asked in a recent post. “The first batch of cryptomatoes is ready to be harvested. We are using the excess heat for the tomato greenhouse, and it is working.”
When Mining Energy Is wasted, Throw Tomatoes at It
While an entrepreneur in the digital currency space, Brejcha echoes the sentiment that most energy spent on mining is “wasteful.” Recent reports by Morgan Stanley state that the energy required to mine bitcoin rivals that which is used to power developed nations like Argentina, though some argue in favor of bitcoin mining, stating it still has the potential to be more energy efficient than traditional banking.
Of course, using heat generated from crypto mining is nothing new. A Russian startup designed an ether miner that doubles as a heater. Others have been known to grow strawberries in greenhouses using mining heat.
Brejcha himself has ambitions to create a larger enterprise of his efforts, though. He is working to expand his concept of fusing greenhouse functions and cryptocurrency mining by starting what he calls an “agritechture blockchain startup.” The project involves several mining rigs, with the heat then blown into greenhouses containing several acres of tomato plants.
Working Out the Kinks
Though results so far have been positive, Brejcha admits that tomatoes were primarily selected because they were one of the few vegetables that reacted appropriately to mining heat. He had tried to grow other vegetables, and most attempts amounted to little or no success. There’s something about tomatoes, he claims, that seems to make them react well with the conditions, though he remains eager to keep trying with other greens in the future.
When asked by his Twitter followers why he didn’t opt to grow marijuana, Brejcha explained:
“Unfortunately, because of local strict rules, we were unable to obtain a license for medical marijuana growing, so we had to choose tomatoes and other vegetables instead.”
He further stated that his tomatoes will soon be available for purchase in local shops and market stores.
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