Utah-based Nodal Power, which specializes in turning landfill gas into energy for powering bitcoin (BTC) mining hubs, recently announced a successful $13 million seed round backed by strategic investors. Bryan Black, Nodal’s CEO, stressed the technology’s “potential to make a significant impact on local energy markets.”
Nodal Power Raises $13M to Convert Landfill Gas to Bitcoin Mining Energy; Eyes Local Market Impact
Nodal Power, a company that converts landfill gas into energy for Bitcoin mining centers, has secured $13 million in seed funding. This technology reduces methane gas emissions from landfills and uses that energy for mining. Nodal combusts the methane, typically flared or vented, with a generator. The resulting electricity is then provided to local utilities and BTC mining operations.
Nodal says a significant portion of the funding has been invested in building and operating two power plants in the United States. The first, in the Southeast, uses landfill gas to provide electricity to the nearby utility. It also features a bitcoin data center, promoting an economic balance between the bitcoin mine and the utility.
The company explained that the second plant, in the Mountain West, leads in creating a fully sustainable off-grid data center powered only by landfill gas. Plans are underway to invest additional funds in a third U.S. location by early 2024. All these facilities generate green electricity from methane, produced from organic waste decomposition in landfills.
“We’ve developed solutions, specifically for smaller landfills, that allow us to bring these overlooked resources to market,” CEO Bryan Black explained during the announcement. “Our technology and energy-first approach have the potential to make a significant impact on local energy markets.”
Using flared or vented gas for Bitcoin mining isn’t new. Companies such as Crusoe Energy, Vespene Energy, EZ Blockchain, and Alkane Midstream offer similar services. Publicly traded energy company Equinor reportedly used gas flaring for Bitcoin mining in North Dakota. YPF Luz, an Argentine oil subsidiary, powered bitcoin mining with residual gas.