Cow Waste Helps Ethereum Mining - A British Farmer's Experience
F. Hughes' farm is located in picturesque places near the Berwyn mountain range, closer to the Snowdonia National Park, in Denbighshire (UK). Here, on the lush pastures of the valley, cattle slowly graze, and sheep cover entire hills.
At the same time, the idyllic countryside landscape is slightly disturbed by a green shipping container and a domed tank, which hide a farm for mining cryptocurrencies - Ethereum in particular.
The Hughes have been farming for generations. However, Philip decided that the traditional way of life shouldn't be a hindrance to innovation. That is why he mines using renewable energy sources, which in his case is cow dung.
A giant six-cylinder engine running at 500 rpm turns methane from cow dung into electricity. The decomposition process is called anaerobic digestion. Bacteria in an anoxic environment split manure and release methane. If getting into the atmosphere, gas increases the greenhouse effect, but it can be redirected to generate heat and electricity by using special installations.
The Hughes digester is capable of generating up to 2/3 of all electricity consumed by the farm. The owner decided to allocate 1/3 for cryptocurrency mining. According to him, " the income is not bad, but it surely depends on the day you are asking the question." It should be noted that the market value of ETH has dropped from $ 4,000 in April to $ 2,550 at the time of writing this article.
Philip plans to expand and lease facilities since he doesn't lack the required amount of dung, as he said.