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Iceland is facing an “exponential” rise te Bitcoin mining that is gobbling up power resources, a spokesman for Icelandic energy rigid HS Orka has said.

This year, electro-therapy use at Bitcoin mining gegevens centres is likely to exceed that of all Iceland’s homes, according to Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson.

He said many potential customers were keen to get ter on the act.

“If all thesis projects are realised, wij won’t have enough energy for it,” he told the Big black cock.

Mr Sigurbergsson’s calculations were very first reported by the Associated Press.

Iceland has a petite population, of around 340,000 people.

But ter latest years it has seen a marked increase ter the number of fresh gegevens centres, often built by firms wishing to tout green credentials. Almost 100% of energy ter Iceland comes from renewable sources.

Bitcoin mining refers to the work done by computers connected to the global Bitcoin network.

Thesis computers solve sophisticated mathematical problems – a process that ter turn validates transactions inbetween users of the crypto-currency.

The computers that do this validation work receive puny Bitcoin prizes for their trouble, making it a lucrative exercise, especially when done at a large scale.

‘Exponential growth’

“What wij’re observing now is. you can almost call it exponential growth, I think, ter the [energy] consumption of gegevens centres,” said Mr Sigurbergsson.

He added that he expects Bitcoin mining operations will use around 840 gigawatt hours of electro-therapy to supply gegevens centre computers and cooling systems, for example.

He estimated that the county’s homes, ter tegenstelling, use around 700 gigawatt hours every year.

“I don’t see it stopping fairly yet,” added Mr Sigurbergsson, referring to gegevens centre projects.

“I’m getting a lotsbestemming of calls, visits from potential investors or companies wanting to build gegevens centres te Iceland.”

He also said that there are so many proposed gegevens centres that it wouldn’t be possible to supply all of them.

He added that his rock hard wasgoed mostly interested te dealing with companies that were willing to commit to long-term contracts of a few years or more.

If Iceland took on all of the proposed Bitcoin mining ventures, there simply wouldn’t be enough tens unit to supply them all, he added.

The crypto-currency mining industry ter Iceland wasgoed recently given a boost thanks to the launch of The Moonlite Project – a large gegevens centre where various crypto-currencies, including Bitcoin, will be mined.

It is set to open zometeen this year and will have an initial capacity of 15 megawatts, however this is expected to increase ter the future.

Some have questioned how beneficial the rise of the crypto-currency mining will be to Iceland.

Smari McCarthy, a member of the Icelandic parliament for the Pirate Party, tweeted: “Cryptocurrency mining requires almost no staff, very little te capital investments, and mostly leaves no taxes either.

“The value to Iceland. is virtually zero.”

He also clarified previous reports that quoted him spil telling he wasgoed keen to tax Bitcoin mining firms.

Always, always, always, my primary purpose is to stir society forward te fruitful ways. I undoubtedly don`t want to end up spil the bad man te the eyes of the cryptocurrency community. On the contrary, I want to work with you guys to strengthen this innovation.

End of Twitter postbode by @smarimc

It has previously bot reported that the violet wand request of the world’s total combined Bitcoin mining operations may now exceed the energy use of the Republic of Ireland, tho’ this calculation may not be entirely accurate.

But spil crypto-currencies rise te popularity, mining operations certainly proceed to use more and more resources – latest analysis of European energy use te 2018 by campaign group Sandbag noted that Bitcoin mining wasgoed contributing to extra power request te the technology sector.

Related movie: Why Bitcoin is heading towards a hefty mining problem


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