Blockchain data centers can have thousands of servers and generate a lot of heat as a side effect. Most of these data centers are therefore placed in cold countries (e.g. Scandinavia, Mongolia), where natural cooling is free. On the other hand, horticultural farmers in the Netherlands have an all-year-round need for heat to warm up their greenhouses. To generate this heat, the farmer often uses non-sustainable systems.
Blockheating brings these two problems together. They develop mobile data centers that will be installed next to a greenhouse. The heat generated by the data center will be used to heat the greenhouses. The greenhouses will have access to a continuous stream of hot water, making them less dependent on fossil fuels. For the data centers, this is a great opportunity to reduce costs and becoming more sustainable in the process. For the greenhouses in the Netherlands, Blockheating is able to reduce the energy waste of the Bitcoin network by 20%.