It is so strange to see seemingly normal folks gleefully rubbing their hands together upon seeing an announcement of the environmentally disastrous Bitcoin mining expansion by Blockstream and Fidelity.
- The energy wasted performing Bitcoin mining is already reportedly at the levels of a country like Switzerland
- The energy, raw materials, pollution and waste used to build mining rigs is reaching insane levels
- The landfills piled high with burned out mining rigs is hardly doing the environment any favours
- And all this for a technology that has been surpassed thousands of times over by environmentally friendly cryptocurrencies like XRP
I could rant and rave like a lunatic about this subject and get into arguments with Bitcoin fanboys about “but they are using green energy” (no the greater proportion are not green and even those which are, are forcing other users to use dirty energy as a consequence, blah blah blah). But I’m bored of this argument. I’m flabbergasted Bitcoin and other wasteful and disgraceful Proof of Work coins are still even allowed to exist.
Why have we not banned this trash yet? They are unable to serve any real world purpose. They are helping destroy the planet. WHY? Tell me why?
Disgusting. Disgraceful. Unforgivable.
I am sure the Bitcoin Maxis will DDOS and try and hack our website yet again as soon as this rant/post gets published. Maybe they will try to destroy our Google rankings again with some more of their toxic phishing backlinks.
Do you worst Bitcoin. In the meantime here’s a suitable image followed by the Blockstream press release.
Right, now I am off to bang my head against the wall and then call the men in white coats to take me away in a straight jacket.
Today we’re excited to reveal one of our biggest product launches to date: Blockstream Mining! Blockstream Mining provides mining equipment colocation in our purpose-built data centers designed to meet the needs of institutional and enterprise customers. Our hosting services support the fast deployment of virtually any type of Bitcoin mining equipment and provide customers with complete control over their mining operations.
Time for a Change
We firmly believe that bitcoin holders and businesses involved in Bitcoin should take part in mining themselves, to help maintain the decentralized security of the Bitcoin network.
However, Bitcoin mining has high barriers to entry. Prospective miners have been faced with two options: 1) build their own complex and expensive mining facilities, including specialized power infrastructure and cooling systems; or 2) select a professional hosting provider where they face a range of issues, including inexperienced teams, limited control over miners, and unpredictable pricing.
Blockstream Mining addresses these issues by providing a turnkey, enterprise-class colocation service enabling the customer to monitor and control their mining equipment with complete transparency.
Started in 2017
We began our Bitcoin mining operations back in 2017 motivated by widespread concern that mining decentralization was declining. At the time it appeared that parties involved in ASIC manufacture, hosting, and pool operations were becoming a centralizing force and holding back Bitcoin from reaching its full potential.
Since then we have scaled up our operations, secured additional sources of power, and expanded our service to provide hosting to clients that include the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman.
We were one of the first Bitcoin mining companies to enter the Quebec hydropower market, long before the recent “gold rush” began, and together with our facility in Georgia, USA, we now have over 300MW of energy capacity secured (with more sites on the way). We also have a self-mining operation, which represents less than 1% of global hash rate, running on a combination of hardware from Bitfury, Ebang, MicroBT, and other manufacturers.
The Blockstream Mining colocation service provides a turnkey solution for businesses to operate and remotely manage their mining equipment:
- Logistics: Our experienced team can help arrange the international logistics to ensure safe shipment of mining equipment to our facilities.
- Installation: Our facilities’ power and networking infrastructure have been custom-built for fast deployment and maximum reliability.
- Operation: Miners can be managed remotely via the Blockstream Mining control panel, delivering real-time analytics and control over each device’s operation.
- Support: On-site technicians will keep your miners running and promptly deal with any updates or maintenance when required.
Currently, Blockstream Mining is tailored to enterprise and institutional customers, but soon we’ll be expanding our options to support small businesses and individuals, along with additional services – keep an eye out for updates!
Alongside the Blockstream Mining colocation service, we’re excited to reveal Blockstream Pool, the world’s first production mining pool utilizing the BetterHash protocol. BetterHash is an improved mining pool protocol that gives individual miners the ability to control which Bitcoin transactions to include in their newly mined blocks. As a result, the Bitcoin network becomes more decentralized and censorship resistant as operators of large pools no longer centrally determine which transactions to include into blocks.
The Blockstream Pool has been running on Testnet for over a year and is initially available to Blockstream Mining customers. We will expand to a wider audience over time as we continue to work towards further decentralization. We look forward to open collaboration on pool protocol standards.
How to Get Involved
We are continuing to expand our mining capacity, contact our sales team to learn how to get involved.