Blockchain 

The Power in Energy, and How New Technologies Can Shift It

The world is slowly, but very surely, turning its attention to climate change, and to the human activities that are having the largest impact. The recent U.N. General Assembly on Climate Change broached these topics in detail, looking at how politics, economy and human activity need to change in order to limit the damage being done to the environment.  While industries such as oil and fashion leave a prominent carbon footprint that is difficult to reduce, that should not deter others, such as the tech industry, from finding solutions that limit their…

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Blockchain 

Power Ledger Strikes Deal to Roll Out Blockchain in South Australia

Australian blockchain energy firm Power Ledger has partnered with a local energy retailer to roll out its technology in South Australia. Power Ledger’s blockchain-based software will allow Australians to pool their excess solar and battery storage to a Virtual Power Plant for greater control and management over their energy. Commercial deal with Australian electricity wholesaler Powerclub Within the partnership, Power Ledger will be integrating its blockchain-based energy trading application Virtual Power Plant (VPP) to a commercial offering of Australian electricity wholesaler Powerclub, the firm announced Nov. 7. Similarly to other…

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Bitcoin 

Crypto Miner Steals $5M Worth of Computing Power Using Identity of Riot Games Founder

The millionaire game developer, Marc Merril, was a victim of the Singaporean man who stole identities to utilize Amazon Web Services’ and Google cloud computing power for crypto mining. A case of stolen identity In a recently unsealed court filing on Nov. 7, Forbes discovered that Marc Merrill, the co-founder of Riot Games,  was the previously anonymous victim of Singaporian national Matthew Ho’s identity theft scheme. Riot Games is most famous as the developer behind the massively successful League of Legends. Ho allegedly used Merrill’s American Express credit card information…

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Blockchain 

How Blockchain and Crypto Are Poised to Shift the Balance of Power

Blockchain’s potential to disrupt the financial landscape is evident. Even at this early point in the technology’s development, established institutions — including banks and governments — have been quick to note this potential for disruption, and equally quick to attempt to limit its impact.  However, despite the obvious utility, and many current and fascinating applications of blockchain — from improving supply chain traceability to collecting adorable digital cats — the true potential of this incredible technology is often overlooked: the ability to upend existing power structures by undermining centralization. Ultimately,…

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Blockchain 

Japan’s Kanto Region to Track Surplus Solar Energy with Power Ledger

Australian tech firm Power Ledger will run another blockchain-enabled energy trading trial in Japan’s Kanto region by December 2019. In order to launch its second trial in Japan, Power Ledger teamed up with Japanese solar provider Sharing Energy and electricity retailer eRex, the firm stated in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Oct. 3. Main region of Japan’s economy The new Power Ledger’s trial will track surplus solar energy levels and electricity trading, integrating blockchain-enabled P2P platform with household smart meter systems in the Kanto region.  With Japan’s capital…

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Bitcoin 

Kyrgyzstan Cuts Off Power to 45 Crypto Miners for Overconsumption

Authorities of Kyrgyzstan cut off power to 45 crypto mining firms as they consumed more energy than three local regions combined. Following the power cut, the head of the National Energy Holding Aitmamat Nazarov stated that the cryptocurrency mining is not defined under Kyrgyzstan law, local news agency AKIpress reported on Sept. 20. 136 MW of electricity used Nazarov elaborated that electricity consumption by local crypto mining firms does not fall within Kyrgyzstan’s energy distribution plan. The executive clarified that the 45 crypto miners consumed 136 megawatts of electricity, which…

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Blockchain 

Power Ledger Goes to Rural Australia to Trade Surplus Energy via DLT

Australian blockchain energy startup Power Ledger has launched its first trial of peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading technology in rural areas. Energy monetization for outlying settlements According to a blog post on Sept. 9, Power Ledger has launched pilots outside of a metropolitan area in Western Australia, intending to help outlying commercial settlements and farms improve the efficiency of their power grid and reduce associated costs. Specifically, Power Ledger’s blockchain P2P platform aims to allow those sites to monetize their surplus solar energy, while existing tariffs provide no financial compensation to…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Network Computing Power Nears 90 Quintillion Hashes per Second

Bitcoin (BTC) has seen yet another sharp increase in its computing power after its network hash rate grew 25% in a week. Hash rate climbs to all-time high Data from monitoring resource Blockchain puts Bitcoin’s hash rate at 87 quintillion hashes per second (h/s) as of Sept. 3. Bitcoin network hash rate. Source: Blockchain The figure passed 80 quintillion h/s for the first time in early August, and has set new highs on an almost daily basis in recent months.  Hash rate refers to the overall computing power involved in…

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Blockchain 

Blockchain Energy Startup Power Ledger Extends P2P Power Trading Trial

Energy-focused blockchain startup Power Ledger has extended its peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading trial into its next phase in the Australian city of Fremantle. In a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Aug. 21, Power Ledger revealed the continuation of its p2p solar power trading trial aimed at tracking rooftop solar energy traded between households in Fremantle. The households participating in the project can set their own energy prices in the market. ‘50,000 transactions per month’ The testing — which is a collaborative effort between Power Ledger, Curtin University, energy generating…

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Malaysia’s Electric Utility Says Bitcoin Miners Stole $25M in Power

Malaysian power utility firm Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) is tightening measures in a bid to stem the millions lost to electricity theft by Bitcoin (BTC) miners. According to an Aug. 15 report from EdgeProp, tampered electricity distribution boards used in local Bitcoin mining operations have cost TNB RM106 million ($25.3 million) as of June 2019. There have been 437 cases of mining-related power theft in Peninsular Malaysia over this time period, 370 of which were recorded in the state of Selangor. Up to 3 years imprisonment TNB is the sole…

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