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Environmentally friendly mining of cryptocurrencies using renewable energy

Primary supervisor

Adel Nadjaran Toosi


Blockchain technology and its popular cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and Ethereum have most revolutionary technological advances in recent history, capable of transforming businesses, government, and social interactions. However, there is a darker side to this technology which is the immense energy consumption and potential climate impact of the blockchain and cryptocurrencies. According to Digiconomist's Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index, Bitcoin has such an impact on the environment (118.9TWh/year) – considering the huge amount of energy used – that it compares to the power consumption of countries like the Netherlands (117.1 TWh/year) or Pakistan (125.9TWh/year). There is an urgent need to address this danger to ensure the long-term sustainability of IoT.

Student cohort

Double Semester


This project aims to build cryptocurrencies mining algorithms that shape its computing and mining activities based on the availability of on-site renewable energy in the local infrastructure and current energy consumption.

Required knowledge

  • Strong programming skills preferably in Java and Python
  • Basic knowledge of blockchain
  • Strong mathematical background