Just when you thought you’ve seen everything, here comes real tomatoes grown and set to be sold in local stores in Prague, Czech Republic all of which are cultivated using excess heat from cryptocurrency mining equipment. Kamil Brejcha, co-founder of NakamotoX (a Czech digital currency trading platform based in Prague) decided to make use of the excess heat from his crypto mining equipment into good use. The result he got from combining agriculture with cryptocurrency mining was a five-acre greenhouse of tomatoes heated through crypto mining rigs. Brejcha calls the produce, Cryptomatoes.
In his Twitter post, he described his effort as part of an “agritechture blockchain start-up” he will be launching once he has worked out all the details of his crypto-inspired farming system. He added no details when he tweeted about a “Cointainer” he developed and placed in his basement, further declaring that the heat from the “Cointainer“ is “..blown into the greenhouses. More details will be revealed soon.” Despite questions from Twitter users about the how’s and logistics of his Cryptomatoes-success, Brejcha gave no answers other than declaring that a significant power source of his mining operation is from “communal bio-waste.”
Brejcha’s Cryptomatoes project lead to the creation of a new business called Agritechture. Admittedly, Brejcha revealed that it was not tomatoes he initially wanted to cultivate but medical marijuana. However, the legal difficulties of planting marijuana forced him to use conventional crops. One of the aims of his business is to show how energy used in mining cryptocurrency can be recycled.
Long-term crypto mining could produce high-costing energy bills as well as overhead expenses that could prove to be unsustainable unless efforts such as Brejcha’s Cryptomatoes project – which uses the byproducts of mining as well as recycles the energy it ‘wastes’ – makes the entire process sustainable. Morgan Stanley released reports estimating the total energy necessary to mine cryptocurrency was more than the energy consumed by a country such as Argentina.