developing Open Source & Open Hardware Carbon Negative Bitcoin Miner
I’m looking for collaborators to develop a Biochar producing retort that can turn fire hazards around settlements into energy and biochar.
Well, turning it into heat energy is no big problem, it’s called a hazard reduction burn. But that is carbon neutral.
A machine that can be built from open source plans, can be operated by one or two humans, which uses the exothermic pyrolysis of fire hazard materials to produce biochar and electricity.
Instead of trying to store or transfer the electricity, it can be used on-site to mine Bitcoin. You can of course use the electricity for any other needed purpose.
The Bitcoin Blockchain might be used to log and verify data that allow carbon credit trading.
The charcoal produced will be ‘carbon negative’ if it is integrated into agricultural soils. If done correctly, it will produce more fertile soil and store the carbon for millenia or longer.
When the produced char is not used to claim carbon credits and improve soil quality, it can also be used as fuel and/or valuable resource for many chemical and filtering purposes.
I hope there will be a few here that get it and chime in.
Hope to hear from you soon, Mik
Maybe you should write out an outline for this process? Most people don’t understand Bitcoin or mining, let alone what you are entailing. More detailed example might help spark a conversation.
Similar to some commercially available products. Above diagram is from
But the syncraft plants start at 200kW, way too big.
The smallest commercially available pyrolyser-generator that I know of is the Power Pallet with 25kW output:
That would be suitable for a larger business or settlement. An energy-efficient village, maybe. But cost a lot of money and relies on international trade.
For those who don’t know about Bitcoin mining, it is the process of converting electricity into the hardest money ever invented by humans.
Building a Bitcoin-miner by open source is not going to happen, these are powerful supercomputers that are quite useless at anything other than what they are designed for. Super-high-tech.
These ASIC ( = Application Specific Integrated Circuit) miners typically require the power available from 1 or 2 AC power outlets (about 1kW to 5kW), but they use a ‘Power Supply’ just like PCs and laptops to turn the AC grid supply into 12v DC.
So, really, what I want to develop is an “Open Source and Open Hardware 12V / 400A power supply”.
It is to be powered by pyrolysing biomass that was raked, chainsawed, slashed (or whatever) while making a firebreak around your home.
It can be built using high quality instructions, by re-purposing what is available during a catabolic transition to wherever we as a species are headed.
The outputs of electricity and charcoal can be used for whatever is most valuable at the given time:
For the charcoal: Metallurgical, water filtration, medical, making gunpowder, soil amendment, or clean burning cooking or heating fuel. And possibly earning some sort of carbon credits from anywhere that offers it.
Electricity: Pump water for gravity fed reticulated drinking water systems; pump water for energy storage + later agricultural use when it comes back down through a turbine; charge batteries; and when the basic needs are met and there is still some stuff to be pyrolised, then turn it into Bitcoin.
Some people may think that this sort of machine will lead to indiscriminate destruction of forests, as people try to turn old-growth trees into Bitcoin.
In case that’s worrying you, then have another look the already available biomass-to-electricity-power-plants shown above. That horse has long bolted!
I want to develop (and share) plans that allow skilled humans to build their own (small) biomass-to-electricity-generators from locally available (leftover) materials.
A question for an electrical engineer or a car electrician:
How many car alternators do you need to produce 400A @ 12V without breaking something too soon?
In case someone experienced with steam engines / turbines is reading this (and feels like contributing):
How big a steam engine / turbine is needed to produce the torque to turn the alternators?
One approach would be to burn all the wood-gas and turn it into heat, then turn the heat into steam and the steam into torque as efficiently as possible. Or just use the heat some other way that suits your needs.
Another approach would be to produce and capture as much wood-gas as possible, then store it and use it later on. With adaptations, I expect it to be possible to run anything from a chainsaw to a stove, a central heating unit, a tractor etc on it.
The deluxe, or expert version might allow to do a bit of each, but tweak it so as to optimise for a certain retort temparature to produce a specific type of charcoal.