Cryptocurrency mining consumes a lot of energy, and anything that consumes so much energy generates a lot of heat, so refrigeration systems are so important for computers that use high-end graphics cards. But what happens if instead of cooling the mining platform, you find another use for all that excess heat, as, for example, heat your entire house?
Qarnot's QC-1 "crypto warmer" is looking to do just that, combining cryptocurrency mining equipment with a wall-mounted radiator to heat your home and earn some of that sweet and sweet digital money at the same time (through from TechCrunch). While there is a certain air of ridicule in this, how much more does the cryptocurrency mining need to be embedded in your home? – There is also a certain sense of the idea. The heaters are already one of the most expensive electrical devices in a home, and if you're already spending the money to heat your home, you could also get it back in cryptocurrencies, right? It is not the first time that we see companies trying to channel excess heat from computer tasks to domestic heating: the Dutch startup Nerdalize started a pilot program that used servers as heaters last year.
At least, the hardware could be one of the best radiators I've seen in my life. It has a wooden top and a matte black finish that places it miles away from the huge cast-iron monster on the corner of my apartment. It is also said that the QC-1 is totally silent; there are no fans to cool, of course, because that would defeat the whole purpose of the "heater" part of the idea.
According to Qarnot, the QC-1 has two Sapphire Nitro + Radeon RX 580 graphics cards that can extract up to 60MH / s, which TechCrunch notes should be enough to make about $ 120 per month (€ 100) based on the price current Ethereum. (That number does not take into account the energy consumption of QC-1, which the company has not commented on).
The company claims that everything can be set up in less than 10 minutes. Simply connect the QC-1 to power and Ethernet, add your Ethereum wallet address in a complementary smartphone application, and you'll be ready for the races. You can also configure the QC-1 to extract other cryptocurrencies if you are not a Ethereum fan. Users can monitor the progress of the mining through the application, as well as activate a "heating booster mode" that activates the heating beyond the usual level of heat generated by the extraction when temperatures fall.
The QC-1 costs € 2,900 (approximately $ 3,570), and the company is taking pre-orders now. The first batch of devices was sent before June 20.