Bitcoin miners have made the world a better place seven times

What do a swimming pool, beef jerky, a trailer, lumber, animal waste, a Guatemalan lake and a high school have in common?

They were all rescued through Bitcoin (BTC) mining. From reusing “waste heat” to getting the job done — to getting a cool blast of air to dehydrate meat to purifying pollutants — bitcoin mining does more than just keep the network secure.

Here’s a round-up of seven times Bitcoin mining has helped or just made the world a better place.

Free Bitcoin Mining Education in Washington

Sustainable bitcoin mining company Merkle Standard has taken bitcoin mining education into their own hands. In partnership with Bitmain, they recently gifted the latest bitcoin mining technology to Newport High School, a high school in Washington state.

They also donated $10,000 and are promoting education about bitcoin in hopes it will “plant a seed that will fuel lifelong interest in blockchain and digital mining.”

Along with the check, Merkle Standard CEO Ruslan Zinurov told Cointelegraph that they will also invite students to their “data center to check their machine, which will be hashed into their school’s wallet.” Zinurov told Cointelegraph:

“Getting the community excited about Bitcoin is our top priority and we can’t think of a better way than to educate the local students.”

Adam Delderfield, business development manager at Bitmain — the holding company for Antminer’s bitcoin miners — told Cointelegraph, “The digital currency mining proceeds from this gift will go directly to education,” adding that “Bitcoin Mining and proof-of-work is an exciting new industry that opens up numerous new opportunities.”

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Bitmain’s Adam Delderfield in the suit and Merkle Standard’s Monty Stahl with the students. Source: Bitmain

Bitcoin Miner Beef Jerky prepared by the Business Cat chef

Bitcoiner Business Cat, who wishes to remain unnamed, uses the heat released from bitcoin mining to dry meat to be made into beef jerky. They told Cointelegraph, “Bitcoin miners have a hell of a surplus of dry, heated air,” so channeling that heat over beef strips to make beef jerky makes sense.

Similar to Merkle Standard, Business Cat’s jerky cooking process is not about making money: “My normal dehydrator uses much less energy than an S9, but jerky dried with hash power simply tastes better.”

They told Cointelegraph that “the support of the plebs on Bitcoin Twitter” convinced them to try the idea. They joked that “most of us [Bitcoin plebs] are loners by nature, so a few words of praise or support from others along the way will do.”

The bitcoin community is increasingly supporting ideas promoting the bitcoin philosophy and pure bitcoin ideas, from a bitcoin hostel in Portugal to a bitcoin lake project in Guatemala.

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The modified bitcoin miner that purifies the air while directing it for use on food. Source: Twitter

Business Cat is excited about her experience and suggests others to start mining at home. Combining life advice with bitcoin mining advice, they told Cointelegraph:

“Should you be mining bitcoin at home? Yes. Should you learn to be a better cook? Also yes.”

Bitcoin heats my swimming pool

Bitcoin enthusiast Jonathan Yuan has found a cheaper, faster, and more stable way to heat his swimming pool in Minnesota thanks to Bitcoin mining.

Thanks to immersion heaters, Bitcoin is now heating its pool. Although Yuan doesn’t like swimming, his kids enjoy swimming in the pool while he secures the Bitcoin network.

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Yuan bitcoin miner heated pool. Source: Twitter

Yuan told Cointelegraph that the whole experiment went so smoothly that he now plans to heat “the whole house.”

Propane tank heater broken? Bitcoin miners to the rescue!

Michael Schmid is a well-travelled, accomplished bitcoiner. When his trailer’s propane heater failed, he converted the vehicle to heat it with “waste heat” from an S9 bitcoin miner.

Schmid told Cointelegraph that he “saves about 50% on propane costs, which works out to about $2.7 a day.”

“Now the fun part, the miner is producing around 0.00006259 BTC per day (at the current difficulty and 13 TH/s) at the current price of 38,000. That’s $2.40 per day, so technically we’re heating the airflow for free.”

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Schmid’s wind kept warm with a bitcoin miner in a box just behind the steering wheel. Source: Schmidt

plus, a slap in the face to anti-bitcoin environmentalists — heating the Schmid family’s airflow with bitcoin instead of propane is better for the planet.

“Our Airstream has solar panels that can generate up to 400W of energy. Technically, then, of the 1400W consumed by the miner, 400W is self-generated and fully renewable.”

Bitcoin miner waste heat dries out wood

Kryptovault is a Norwegian bitcoin mining company with arguably the greenest credentials of any industry. Powered by 100% hydroelectric power, the energy consumed resolves valid blocks on the Bitcoin blockchain and the heat generated by the miners blows over damp logs from a local lumber mill.

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Wood waiting to be dried by the waste heat from bitcoin miners at Kryptovault’s mining facility. Source: Cryptovault

In a company video, Sveni Bjerke, CEO of local firewood company Varma, which receives the miner-dried logs, says they “only use excess heat from the data center”.

The ecological success of the project has spurred further partnerships. Kjetil Hove Pettersen, CEO of KryptoVault, told Cointelegraph that algae dehydration is imminent for local businesses and they are “constantly looking for new ways to use our waste heat.”

Pettersen explained: “About 99% of our electrical energy is converted into thermal energy.”

“As we know, energy is never really lost, it just changes form. In this way we use this energy twice and support other local industries. I can’t think of better industrial use cases than what we are doing.”

Promotion of financial and energy autonomy in Guatemala

In southern Guatemala, a team of bitcoin miners has donated an S9 to the local mayor, and proceeds from mining will be used to repair a sewage treatment plant.

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Bill Whittaker and Patrick Melder (right) install the bitcoin miner. Source: Twitter

Bitcoin mining in the economically disadvantaged region has boosted incomes while improving air quality.

Additionally, as Bill Whittaker, a co-founder of Bitcoin Lake, told Cointelegrpah, the team “self-funds carbon-negative Bitcoin mining research and development.” Two high school students, Madaket and Kate, are planning a trip to “LakeBitcoin in early May to deliver the S17s they’ve been working on.”

The bitcoin miners they bring will join the first bitcoin miner and will of course be powered by renewable energy – in this case biogas. Biogas is becoming increasingly popular as an energy source for bitcoin mining.

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Madaket and Kate pose with their Bitmain miner under a solar panel. Source: Whittaker

Bitcoin mining involves growing flowers and food

A greenhouse in the Netherlands is heated by bitcoin miners instead of natural gas. That says Bert de Groot, founder of Bitcoin Bloem.

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The bitcoin miner camouflaged between hydrangeas. Source: Twitter

In partnership with a large greenhouse, they “placed a bitcoin miner to reduce consumption of natural gas, which prices have skyrocketed, and instead heat the greenhouse with miner heat.” De Groot continued:

“The family that owns the greenhouse first installed electric heaters because of the 6 times the cost of natural gas, they now get paid for their electricity used for mining and get the heat for free.”

It’s a win-win situation. Because who can say no to flowers?

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One of the Bitcoin flowers. Source: Twitter

See also: The Bitcoin Shitcoin Machine: Mining BTC with Biogas

Asked about the e-waste topics covered by the mainstream media Bitcoin miner de Groot said: “A miner should last at least five years. We are not yet aware of any ASIC (S9) that has been converted to e-waste.”

Plus, they’re also fans of delivering flowers to their local community.