Bitcoin Mining Heat Used to Produce Cryptotomatoes
The co-founder of NakamotoX, a Czech-based cryptocurrency exchange, will launch a blockchain startup which will use the excess heat given off by mining hardware to grow edible crops.
Kamil Brejcha said in a Twitter conversation on March 10, that his staff had created special housing for Bitcoin servers, that gather heat and sends it to greenhouses which now currently grow tomatoes.
The project, which will soon be partnering up with a new business called Agritechture, has been kept under wraps, but has now produced its first crop which consists of a five-acres of tomatoes which have been named ‘Cryptomatoes.’
“We are using the excess heat for the tomato greenhouse and it is working,” said Brejcha.
The environmental impact of cryptocurrency mining has been a heated debate topic this year. The excess heat it generates has been one of the major issues resulted from mining.
Brejcha said that in growing the crops, the “energy cycle loop” for the project is closed, as mining activities make use of energy that comes from biowaste.
“You will be able to buy (cryptomatoes) in common shops soon but I cannot reveal more details about the brand now,” he detailed.
Brejcha said that they were initially planning on growing medical marijuana, but legislative impediments forced him to shift his attention on cultivating crops such as tomatoes.
“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,” admitted Brejcha.
Even though this is not the first agricultural project in which crypto technology is used, Agritechture seems to prove at what scale mining energy can be efficiently recycled.