Wind Art Turns Climate Change Fighter
Wind energy mines digital cash to support climate research; Using the symptoms of climate change to fight climate change.
Jon Fingas, September 16, 2017 (End Gadget)
“…[Julian Oliver's Harvest project uses a 700W wind turbine to power a PC mining cryptocurrency (specifically, Zcash) that directly funds climate change research…It was commissioned as a piece of art, but it's a very practical design that could find plenty of uses in the real world…The PC itself is mostly off-the-shelf, with the GPU-heavy specs that you'd expect from a mining rig: it's using 'just' a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, but it packs a hefty GeForce GTX 1080 Ti to process virtual cash as quickly as possible. The biggest changes are the obligatory weatherproof casing and a controller to regulate the incoming charge. The turbine itself has two hefty 150Ah batteries (each weighs about 95lbs) to store excess energy for use around the clock…[Harvest is installed at Sweden's Konstmuseet i Skövde (Art Museum in Skövde) until] mid-November. Oliver will donate the mined cryptocurrency to three climate-related non-profit groups…[He] sees this as a prototype, and envisions ‘hundreds’ of these machines raising money in windy areas…[for the climate fight or] rural internet access and any other infrastructure…” click here for more