With the rise of the cryptocurrency industry, Bitcoin (BTC) mining is becoming more popular, and the first nuclear-powered data centre in the United States that will host Bitcoin mining services was recently constructed.
World Nuclear News announced on January 18 that zero-carbon data centre builder Cumulus Data, a subsidiary of independent power producer Talen Energy, has finished the powered shell for its first data centre powered by a 2.5-gigawatt nuclear power plant.
The 48-megawatt, 300,000-square-foot data centre is directly linked to the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in northeastern Pennsylvania, and its 1,200-acre site will be the first of its type in the United States to host Bitcoin mining and cloud computing services.
This year, our flagship Cumulus Susquehanna data centre complex will welcome its first tenant and begin commercial operations. We look forward to expanding our aim to tackle the energy “trilemma,” which we describe as the fast-rising need for zero-carbon, low-cost, and dependable power among data centre clients.
In addition to one 48-megawatt powered shell, two more are in active construction as part of phase 1 of the project, with a total campus capacity of 475 megawatts anticipated. Cumulus Data has also identified 18 other Talen Energy locations with the possibility of data centres directly linked to the power plant.
The construction of the zero-carbon Bitcoin mining facility known as the Nautilus Cryptomine on the campus was announced for the first time in August 2021, when Talen Energy inked a joint venture agreement with the U.S. cryptocurrency mining company TeraWulf.
Although the building of the Bitcoin mine was temporarily halted in early December of last year, TeraWulf recently announced that it has begun ramping up its mining activities and aims to offer 50 megawatts of net mining capacity in the first quarter of 2023.