Bitcoin 

German Firm Unveils Mobile Eco-Friendly Bitcoin Mining Containers

Bitcoin (BTC) mining infrastructure firm Northern Bitcoin AG has announced the completion of tests for its new air-cooled mining container, which houses 144 ASIC miners. A press release published on Sept. 9 outlined that the highly mobile container solution has been designed as a piece of flexible and efficient infrastructure that will enable the firm to establish mining pools in countries with year-round cool locations.  Setting up shop anywhere energy is cheap, sustainable  Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Northern AG develops and operates Bitcoin-focused mining hardware that uses renewable energy…

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Bitcoin 

German Politicians Want to Fight Climate Change With Blockchain Tech

The Free Democratic Party (FDP) in Germany proposes to issue a new cryptocurrency called Arbil to anyone who removes CO2 or other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Get paid to withdraw CO2 from the atmosphere In a report by local news daily Welt on Sept. 2, the FDP recognizes that it is no longer enough to focus only on putting less CO2 into the atmosphere. It states that, if the world wants to slow down global warming, it will also need to bring back greenhouse gases that have already been…

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Blockchain 

German Cabinet and Bundesbank Are in Close Communication on CBDC Issues

The Cabinet of Germany and Germany’s central bank Deutsche Bundesbank are working together closely on issues related to central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). Awareness of global CBDC situation On Aug. 29, Germany’s federal parliament (Bundestag) published official feedback to a request from parliamentary group the Free Democratic Party, which asked the Cabinet to respond to six questions related to CBDCs in July 2019. In the document, dated Aug. 16, the Cabinet answered all questions by the group, citing major reports and surveys in the space, including a January report by…

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Blockchain 

German Company Secures €750 Million ‘Eco-Friendly’ Loan Via Blockchain

German-based Dürr, one of the world’s leading mechanical and plant engineering firms, has secured a sustainability loan of 750 million euros, the interest on which is linked to its eco-friendly performance.  The credit agreement, reported on Aug. 8 by Finance Magazine (German), was self-initiated by Dürr, utilizing a blockchain-based syndicated loan platform. The consortium process was also digitized and backed by blockchain. The ins and outs of sustainable finance Sustainable or green finance is on the rise and in the current economic climate, has benefits for both investors and lenders.…

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Ethereum 

German Regulator Greenlights $280 Million Ethereum Real Estate Bond

The German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) approved an Ethereum-based real estate bond of security issuance firm Fundament Group. The company announced the news in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 23.  Regulated real estate bonds on the Ethereum blockchain The given bond backed by a portfolio of properties in major German cities with an issued volume of 250 million euros ($280 million). The firm’s solution reportedly leverages standardized and regulated financial instruments to build a real estate-backed asset that can be traded worldwide independently of banks. Providing…

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Ethereum 

EY Spearheads Blockchain Tracking Platform for German Logistics Firms

German logistics firms partner to jointly create a blockchain tracking platform, local news outlet Tiroler Tageszeitung reports on July 16. Per the report, logistics firms LKW Walter, GS1 Austria, and its EDITEL Austria subsidiary, Bundesvereinigung Logistik Österreich, Deutsche Bahn subsidiary DB Schenker, and WU Vienna are participating in the project. Furthermore, big four auditing firm Ernst & Young (EY) is managing the initiative. The system will reportedly see freight documents being digitized on the blockchain with the aim of reducing costs and resource consumption while ensuring higher transparency standards, and…

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Blockchain 

German Watchdog Warns Public About Alleged Hiring by Crypto Exchange CoinBene

The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), Germany’s financial regulator, has issued a public warning about cryptocurrency exchange CoinBene on May 28. The watchdog says that CoinBene has been recruiting freelance crypto traders who get paid on commission. BaFin states that since crypto assets are financial instruments, trading them requires authorization under Germany’s Banking Act, or Kreditwesengesetz (KWG). BaFin states that CoinBene is not listed in Germany’s commercial register and has not obtained proper licensure for trading crypto assets as required by the KWG. CoinBene has previously responded to inquiries regarding…

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Blockchain 

German State Announces Plan to Establish European Blockchain Institute

The government of the German state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) announced plans to establish the European Blockchain Institute to research blockchain technology in a press release on May 13. According to NRW Economics Minister Andreas Pinkwart, the European Blockchain Institute will be founded in the city of Dortmund later this year, inside the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML). The press release says that critics of blockchain have voiced concern over the amount of energy consumed by mining bitcoin (BTC). Pinkwart addressed these concerns and praised the benefits of…

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Bitcoin 

German Police Seize Six Figures in Crypto From Suspects Involved in Dark Web Site

German police, along with Europol, have shut down servers of a dark web marketplace and seized six figures in crypto from the arrested suspects, Europol announced on May 3. The Wall Street Market, reportedly the world’s second-largest dark web market, has been shut down by the German Federal Criminal Police under the authority of the German Public Prosecutor’s office. According to the report, German authorities arrested three suspects and seized over 550,000 euros ($615,000) in cash  along with bitcoin (BTC) and monero (XMR) in six figure amounts (actual value unspecified)…

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Blockchain 

German Blockchain Company Builder NBT Secures $13.5 Million in New Funding Round

Next Big Thing AG (NBT), a German Internet-of-Things (IoT) and blockchain company builder, has secured 12 million euros ($13.5 million) in a new funding round, according to a press release on April 8. NBT announced that the firm has successfully completed its Series A investment round led by global industrial insurance giant HDI Global SE through Hannover Digital Invest, with participation by the FinLab EOS VC Fund, a $100 million joint venture by fintech incubator FinLab AG and blockchain software developer Block.one. According to the press release, HDI Global decided…

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