Study Compares Mineral Mining to Crypto Mining

written by

Study Compares Mineral Mining to Crypto Mining

Support free journalists: > send a tip

A recent scientific study by acclaimed journal Nature has compared cryptocurrency mining to mineral mining in terms of energy used for producing the same market value. The study provides interesting insight into this domain and shows how cryptocurrency mining is affecting the energy footprint in the world.

The study, conducted by Department of Energy scientists at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, compares major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero and Litecoin to aluminum, copper, gold, platinum and rare metal oxides in the Earth’s crust.

According to the study, it reviewed the different mining systems from 1 January to 30 June 2018. It found that Bitcoin mining took 17 Megajoules (MJ) to USD 1 value. Ethereum and Monero used 7 and 14 MJ of energy respectively to create the same dollar value.

In comparison to the cryptocurrency mining figures, aluminum, gold, Copper, Platinum and rare earth metal oxides used 122, 4, 5, 7, and 9 MJ respectively for this purpose. In summary, all metals studied except for aluminum used less energy in their mining than Bitcoin.

An equal amount of energy (7 MJ) is required to mine the same dollar values for Litecoin, Ethereum and platinum. Copper and gold take a lot less in their mining efforts than any of these cryptocurrencies. Rare Earth oxides, valuable for electronics, also consume more energy than Litecoin and Ethereum mining.

The report also states that energy dedicated to cryptocurrency mining is expected to increase in the future, averaging today around 19 MJ compared to 17 MJ in 2016. The study also focuses on the carbon imprint of cryptocurrencies which has been criticized by clean energy experts because of miners’ tendencies to look for cheaper alternatives to fossil fuels for mining purposes.

 

Follow BitcoinNews.com on Twitter: @bitcoinnewscom

Telegram Alerts from BitcoinNews.com: https://t.me/bconews

Want to advertise or get published on BitcoinNews.com? – View our Media Kit PDF here.

Image Courtesy: Pexels.com

Help spread this article :)

BitcoinNews.com is NOT INVESTMENT ADVICE

Opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BitcoinNews.com

For informational purposes only. Individuals and entities should not construe any information on this site as investment, financial, legal, tax, accounting or other advice. Information provided does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement by BitcoinNews.com to buy or sell bitcoin, cryptocurrencies or other financial instruments. Forecasts are inherently limited and cannot be relied upon. Do your own research and consult a professional advisor. The opinion of authors do not reflect those of BitcoinNews.com 

   Advertisement

Read More Bitcoin News

   Advertisement

Join our Newsletter

   Advertisement

Latest on Bitcoin News

Video of the Week

Join our Newsletter

   Advertisement