The SHA256 hashrate that secures the Bitcoin network has grown massively during the last few years, as Bitcoin’s processing power has touched all-time highs in 2020. Moreover, the gigawatts of electrical consumption powering industrial bitcoin mining today consumes as much as seven nuclear power plants.

Bitcoin mining is a process where groups of miners compete in order to capture as many block rewards as they can. Bitcoin miners essentially plug machines into the wall that consume electricity in order to hash away at the Bitcoin network’s consensus algorithm so they can outpace competitors. Hashrate is how analysts measure the amount of computing power dedicated to the blockchain network.

The BTC network’s hashrate has touched close to 140 exahash per second (EH/s) in 2020. Today, according to charts.Bitcoin.com data the hashrate is hovering around 120EH/s.

Basically, ASIC mining machines that produce higher hashrate values than others, will obtain more BTC via mining. In 2020, there are now extremely large facilities and…

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