Closed Loop Cryptocurrency Mining in Alberta

dc.contributor.advisorShor, Roman
dc.contributor.authorEnachescu, Monika Silvia
dc.description.abstractIn the highly connected age of information and data, the push for the development of ‘clean data’ has necessitated sustainability strategies for data centers. Green innovations are increasingly implemented to reduce the formidable power consumption of inefficient computing processes while heat reuse solutions repurpose the large volumes of server waste heat, decreasing facility footprint. This project examined the efficiency optimization potential of co-located power generation and greenhouse waste heat reuse for cryptocurrency data center platforms in Alberta. The proposed 45 MW data center capitalized on favorable climatic conditions to reduce energy requirements, improving facility efficiency and decreasing theoretical PUE values from 2.13 to 1.51. Resultant waste heat sufficiently supplied year-round heating to an 8.34-acre greenhouse suitable for commercial cannabis growth. The total annual avoided emissions for this proposed system were calculated at 70,000 tonnes of CO2, illustrating the potential of integrated economizer cyles and waste heat reuse in Alberta.
dc.publisher.departmentSustainable Energy Development
dc.publisher.facultyEnvironmental Designen_US
dc.publisher.facultyGraduate Studiesen_US
dc.publisher.facultyHaskayne School of Businessen_US
dc.publisher.facultySchulich School of Engineeringen_US
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgary
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dc.titleClosed Loop Cryptocurrency Mining in Alberta
dc.typereport of Calgary of Science (MSc)
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