Korean Professor Uses Human Excrement for Cryptocurrency Mining
Professor of the National Institute of Science and Technology in Ulsan, South Korea, Cho Jae Weon has managed to apply bioenergy technology not only to power a university building, gas stoves and water heaters, but also to mine cryptocurrencies.
The professor has created an environmentally friendly system for the production of fertilizers and energy from human excrement.
Jae Weon’s invention consists of a vacuum pump that redirects human waste to an underground tank to produce biogas (methane).
In the experiment, the professor included a digital currency component with its own token called Ggool.
Students using the toilet earn 10 Ggool per day. They later use digital money to buy coffee, bananas, or books on campus.
The professor explained that human excrement can produce up to 0.5 kWh of electricity, which may well be enough to power an electric vehicle for three quarters of a mile.
Now more and more miners are interested in environmentally friendly types of electricity. According to a report from the Bitcoin Mining Council, the global mining industry for the first cryptocurrency currently achieved 56% sustainable energy consumption in the second quarter.