Flower powered: Bitcoin miner heats greenhouses in the Netherlands

Mining Bitcoin (BTC), generates a lot “waste heat.” Miners are finding creative ways to recycle the heat created by solving valid Bitcoin blocks, as energy prices in Europe spiral out of control.

A miner might be drying wood from a Norwegian timber mill, but across the North Sea to the Netherlands, a miner heats greenhouses to grow “Bitcoin” flowers.

Bitcoin Bloem, a Dutch farmer, and a Bitcoin miner form a win-win partnership. They mine Bitcoin and grow flowers in greenhouses in North Brabant, southeast Rotterdam.

It works this way: Bitcoin Bloem mines BTC and pays the electricity bill. Farmers get free heat to grow their crops. Bitcoin Bloem is the one that sells the cream in the coffee. It is a climate-friendly operation.

Cointelegraph was told by Bert de Groot (founder of Bitcoin Bloem) that the operation “reduces natural gas use” in greenhouse growing. Bitcoin miner heat replaces polluting heaters.

Bitcoin mining in action: solving blocks, heating up the greenhouse. Source: Twitter

BTC miners are a great way to save money for both the farmer as well as Bitcoin Bloem. Because natural gas prices have “skyrocketed,” miner heat makes economic sense for the farmer. For Bitcoin Bloem, however, it has access to cheaper electricity.

De Groot answered a question about whether or not the Netherlands could accept more Bitcoin miners in the near future and said that the country could be “an optimal location for Bitcoin mining”.

Related: A Canadian city will use Bitcoin mining to provide heat for its residents

“The Netherlands is home to the majority of large-scale data centers for tech giants, such as Google and Facebook. There are plenty of cooling water and inexpensive electricity for large-scale operations.

He said that the Texas solution could be used in the Netherlands, and added that it would be “interesting to see the Texas solution in action.” Texas’ solution revolves around load balancing and working with local authorities to regulate electricity demand.

The Netherlands is still a strict European country regarding cryptocurrency activities. But, grassroots movements like Domino’s franchises offering salaries top-ups with BTC and Dutch football teams supporting Satoshi are gaining momentum.

Bitcoin Bloem’s flowers are appropriately named “White Rabbit”, and “Blue Pill.”