It appears the gardening world and the mining worlds have collided, establishing a new and interesting relationship this week. The co-founder of Czech cryptocurrency exchange, NakamotoX, just announced plans to launch a Blockchain startup that is focused on growing edible crops using the extra heat emitted from mining for cryptocurrency.
Kamil Brejcha shared this information in a Twitter discussion earlier this week, stating that his staff had created housing for Bitcoin servers that harnesses the released heat and sends it into greenhouses that grow tomatoes.
Given the name, Cryptomatoes, the first large tomato crop has already been delivered. It was grown inside a five-acre greenhouse. Given its success, this achievement will soon be used for a new business called, Agritechture.
“We are using the excess heat for the tomato greenhouse and it is working. We have developed something called,”Cointainer” which is being placed in the basement, and the heat is blown into the greenhouses. More details will be revealed soon,” shares Brejcha.
Over the past few years, environmental concerns about the large amount of energy used to mine digital money, as well as the heat it produces, has been a big issue. In growing the crypto crops, it appears that Agritechture demonstrates the large scale on which mining energy can be recycled and harnessed for something very important.
“You will be able to buy (cryptomatoes) in common shops soon but I cannot reveal more details about the brand now,” Brejcha shares.
Originally, Brejcha had wanted to use the mining heat to grow medical marijuana, but there were too many hurdles to deal with, so he decided to focus on tomatoes.
“Unfortunately, because of local strict rules, we were unable to obtain a license for medical (marijuana) growing so we had to choose tomatoes and other vegetables instead,” he explains.