Representatives of the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, NNEGC "Energoatom" and Hotmine (a developer of equipment for mining cryptocurrencies) discussed the possibilities and prospects for the construction of mining farms, which are planned to operate on the electricity of nuclear power plants.
“The idea of creating a data center based on a nuclear power plant certainly deserves attention, because Ukrainian stations have unused base capacities. Sustainable loads on nuclear power units could bring additional income to the state-owned Energoatom and give an opportunity to work for businesses that also pay taxes to the national budget, ”said Evgeny Vladimirov, Deputy Minister of Energy for Digital Development, Digitalization and Digital Transformations.
At the same time, Vladimirov noted that by this moment all the issues of regulatory support for the operation of such data centers, research and calculations of electricity required for the operation of a mining farm should be resolved.
“Generation and transportation of electricity is a complex and resource-intensive process. Moreover, this is a vital process for humanity, so it is not surprising that it, like financial markets, is controlled by states. But a decentralized digital financial system also needs a decentralized energy system, ”said Oles Slobodenyuk, founder of Hotmine.