How Bitcoin Can Unlock The Energy Of The Ocean For 1 Billion People Today

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Bitcoin has the potential to help unlock between 2 to 4 terawatts of clean, continuous and year-round baseload power — for one billion people — by harnessing the thermal energy of the oceans. The technology is Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), a 150-year old idea stymied by economies of scale, that turns Earth’s oceans into an enormous renewable solar battery.

It does this by combining warm tropical surface water and deep cold seawater to create a conventional heat engine. This simple idea is perfectly suited to be expanded to a planetary scale by Bitcoin’s unique appetite for purchasing and consuming stranded energy from the prototypes and pilot plants that will be required to prove it works. Furthermore, by harnessing virtually unlimited quantities of cold water for cooling co-located ASIC miners, OTEC may very well be the most efficient and most ecological way to mine Bitcoin.

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