Why is a Guatemalan Mayor mining Bitcoin? Tackling FUD with biogas and BTC

The Bitcoin (BTC), community is back at it, dismantling FUD in far-flung locations and orange-pilling officials.

A Bitcoin project at the foot of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala has helped a local mayor get a bitcoin miner. This has resulted in increased local incomes and improved air quality.

A community of nearly 20,000 people in Panajachel (Guatemala) is now interested in Bitcoin. The local mayor Cesar Piedrasanta received an old S9 Bitcoin miner. It is the first city in Central and South America to mine Bitcoin.

Patrick Melder and Bill Whittaker present the Mayor with a miner. Source: Medium67corvette

This is a remarkable thing in and of itself. However, it has important consequences. First, mining with a 5-year-old miner helps “address electronic waste (or “e-waste”) narrative associated with Bitcoin mining,” Bill Whittaker, part the Bitcoin Lake team, said to Cointelegraph.

E-waste is the process of replacing physical mining infrastructure with more efficient, newer models. The issue was addressed recently by a New York moratorium on mining. Science Direct reports that one Bitcoin transaction can produce 272 grams of ewaste, mostly due to old mining equipment. The Guatemala Mayor seems to be doing just fine with his S9.

The team also hopes to solve wastewater treatment plant issues with the funds from the Bitcoin miner.

The wastewater treatment plant at which the first two s17s miners are going to be connected. Source: Twitter

The wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), is a major polluter. “Due to cracked seals found on top of the plant’s digester plant’s methane emission flares, there isn’t enough pressure to ignite the plant’s methane emissions,” the unfavorable and obnoxious pollutants are contaminating air.

Whittaker and his team plan to fix the WWTP and then to capture the biogas that was leaking to be used for power generation. It’s a win/win situation: cleaner air, more Bitcoin, and renewable energy.

3/ – The WWTP’s methane waste byproduct can be re-flared to improve air quality and allow for controlled capture and analysis. Panajachel’s WWTPs biogas can be used to generate electricity and additional Bitcoin miners. pic.twitter.com/CV9CWF6LYW
— WildBTC (@BillWhittaker11), March 28, 2022

Whittaker expounds, “poorer countries/municipalities do not have the resources to generate expensive fossil-fuel electricity, but they do generate plenty of methane-producing waste.” This waste can not only mine Bitcoin but consequently generate a monetary return for the local people:

“The goal of this proof-of-concept is to capture the wasted fuel and convert the biogas into electricity/bitcoin.”

Biogas is becoming more popular as a source of power for Bitcoin mining. A Slovakian Bitcoin miner uses the waste, while the Guatemalan project is just getting started.

Whittaker wants to spotlight the “real stars” of the project, Madaket (high school senior) and Kate (high school senior). They came up with the idea to focus on sustainable bitcoin mining as their senior project in high school.

Related: Why did my gas heater break down? I will heat my caravan using a Bitcoin miner

In this Instagram video they explain why Bitcoin is “the future currency”. It’s evident that the girls want to discredit the misconceptions about Bitcoin and Bitcoin mining. Whittaker stated that they will be presenting Panajachel with two more ASIC machines (s17+). These machines will be connected to the waste treatment facility.

Madaket, Kate and the Bitcoin miner are working together to bring down Guatemala. Source: Twitter

When it comes to Bitcoin mining, the goal is to capture cheap energy. Senator Ted Cruz said that Bitcoin miners should be able to take advantage of wasted resources and make good use of them.

Whittaker believes that projects like Panajachel’s mining show how influential grassroots movements can be from the Bitcoin community.

Chris Larsen and Greenpeace spend $5MM on “change the Code” FUD. These two girls self-fund carbon-negative mining R&D while making the network stronger and more scalable.