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Iceland’s Industry to Shift From Crypto Mining to ‘Pure Blockchain Business,’ Insiders Say

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Chairman of an Icelandic data center provider claims that the local crypto industry is going to shift from crypto mining to “pure blockchain business.”

Iceland’s crypto industry is expected to move away from crypto mining and shift to “pure blockchain businesses.This is according to forecasts made by a number of local industry insiders who talked to the news site Red Herring September 23.

Halldór Jörgensson, chairman of Reykjavik-based Borealis Data Center, told Red Herring that demand from local crypto and blockchain facilities is “shifting more towards the pure blockchain business,” rather than focusing on Bitcoin mining.

According to Jörgensson, the frenzy around Bitcoin (BTC) mining has declined to a level that is “not as crazy as it was a year ago,” when the cryptocurrency has hit its all-time price high. Despite that, the chairman has suggested that the Bitcoin mining “wavehas contributed to the faster growth of local energy and data industries, whose well-developed infrastructures are now expected to provide a boost to blockchain-related businesses.

Iceland has become one of the leaders in crypto mining due to its naturally cold climate, as well as the abundance of cost-efficient renewable energy sourcesmainly geothermal and hydroelectric. The country is home to one of the world’s 5 largest crypto mining farms, whose operator Genesis Mining is reportedly the single largest consumer of electricity in Iceland.

In February, Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson, the business development manager of a local energy supplier HS Orka, predicted that the volume of crypto mining in Iceland will likely double in 2018.

HS Orka’s CEO Asgeir Margeirsson claimed in July that the industry of crypto mining has pushed “the fourth revolution,” while the director of the Icelandic Institute for Intelligent Machines stated that Bitcoin miners are “central to the industrial revolution that is still under way.

However, HS Orka’s Sigurbergsson also argued that Bitcoin “probably won’t be here far into the future,” claiming that the data centers that are currently used by miners will eventually become new technology incubators.

Earlier this week, blockchain technology group Bitfury announced the launch of its new-generation BTC mining hardware, with plans to use the new machines in its mining centers in Canada, Norway, Iceland and Georgia.

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The World Economic Forum has outlined more than 65 blockchain use cases for environmental protection in a recent report.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) foundation has outlined more than 65 blockchain use cases for solving the “most pressingenvironmental challenges, in a report published September 14.

In the report, titled “Building Block(chain)s for a Better Planet,” the Switzerland-based WEF has highlighted a large number of blockchain applications that could be used to help solve the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

The proposed applications, according to the WEF, can enhance the environment protection efforts in several ways, such as new financing models for environmental outcomes, the realization of non-financial value and natural capital, outlining more efficient and cleaner decentralized systems, and others.

In addition to the potential for improving existing processes, the report also mentions the possibility of introducing completely new blockchain solutionsso-called “game changers” – that are expected to completely transform the way major environmental issues are managed.

These “game changersinclude “see throughsupply chains, decentralized energy and water management systems, sustainable fundraising sources, carbon markets, and others.

According to the report, the next important step in introducing blockchain applications for environmental protection is the establishment a “responsibleand “globalblockchain ecosystem, as opposed to funding specific, separate projects.

In conclusion, the WEF also pinpointed the problem of excessive use of blockchain caused by the hype around the industry.

To solve this issue, the organization has suggested three major questions to be considered as a starting point for any blockchain-related initiative: can the technology solve a specific problem, can the risks of unintended consequences be managed acceptably, and whether a functioning ecosystem of stakeholders is available.

On September 13, the WEF published a joint report that has estimated that the distributed ledger technology (DLT) could add $1 trillion to the volume of global trade over the next ten years. The report also argued that the embracement of the technology by major governments, including the member-states of the European Union, is “unavoidable.

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