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Visualizing the Journey to $10,000 Bitcoin

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Visualizing the Journey to $10,000 Bitcoin

Visualizing the Journey to $10,000 Bitcoin

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It has been a breakthrough year for the world’s original cryptocurrency – and on November 28th, 2017, the bitcoin price blew past the psychological barrier of $10,000 with unprecedented pace. After all, it was only two days prior that the cryptocurrency was trading at $9,000.

Today’s infographic from Blockchain Intelligence Group helps to visualize the ups and downs of this incredible journey to $10,000.

The Journey to $10,000 Bitcoin

Here are some of the key events that transpired over the last 11 months:

TimeframeDescription
January 2, 2017Bitcoin closes above the $1k mark for first time in 1,124 days
Mid-January 2017China cracks down on crypto, partly to help control capital outflows
March 2017The number of GitHub projects related to Bitcoin passes 10,000
May 4, 2017Bitcoin surpasses $25B in market capitalization
August 1, 2017Bitcoin forks into two digital currencies, Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
August 5, 2017Bitcoin surpasses $50B in market capitalization
September 4, 2017People’s Bank of China announces that it’s implementing a freeze on ICO funding.
September 8, 2017It’s leaked that China is shutting down all Bitcoin exchanges in the country
September 12, 2017JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon calls Bitcoin a “fraud”
September 28, 2017South Korea bans raising money through ICOs
October 20, 2017Bitcoin passes $100B in market capitalization
October 24, 2017Bitcoin again forks into two digital currencies, Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Gold (BTG)
October 30, 2017Vietnam bans Bitcoin and other crypto payments
November 26, 2017Bitcoin passes $150B in market capitalization
November 28, 2017Bitcoin trades at $10k for the first time.

And here is how long it took bitcoins to hit each $1,000 barrier:

TimeExact PeriodDescription
138 daysJan 2, 2017 -> May 20, 2017$1,000 to $2,000
23 daysMay 20, 2017 -> June 11, 2017$2,000 to $3,000
63 daysJune 11, 2017 -> Aug 13, 2017$3,000 to $4,000
61 daysAug 13, 2017 -> Oct 12, 2017$4,000 to $5,000
10 daysOct 12, 2017 -> Oct 21, 2017$5,000 to $6,000
13 daysOct 21, 2017 -> Nov 2, 2017$6,000 to $7,000
17 daysNov 2, 2017 -> Nov 19, 2017$7,000 to $8,000
7 daysNov 19, 2017 -> Nov 26, 2017$8,000 to $9,000
2 daysNov 26, 2017 -> Nov 28, 2017$9,000 to $10,000

Note: These time periods are calculated based on closing prices for the Bitcoin Price Index on Coindesk.

The Year of the ICO

While the journey to $10,000 bitcoin is an incredible one, it is part of a wider story as well.

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) for other cryptocurrencies have also boomed, and more than 92% of all funds raised through ICOs happened in this year alone. With this mechanism hitting the mainstream, about $3.8 billion have been raised through ICOs in total.

Further, they’ve been profitable as well for speculators. A report from Mangrove Capital last month noted that the average return across 204 ICOs it was tracking was 1,320%.

Despite being temporarily banned in China and South Korea, ICOs have not been slowing down. So far in this month (up to Nov 26, 2017), ICOs have already hit new highs with $743.2 million raised, surpassing the earlier record-holding month of September 2017 ($662.9 million).

Note: this article was originally published on Nov. 27th as Bitcoin was trading at ~$9,600. The article and graphic have since been updated to reflect hitting the $10k total.

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Top 10 Bitcoin Mining Countries & Their Renewable Electricity Mix

Bitcoin miners worldwide use about 348 TWh of electricity per year, as much as some countries, but just where does all that power come from?

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Top 10 Bitcoin Mining Countries & Their Renewable Electricity Mix

Bitcoin miners use an estimated 348 terawatt hours of electricity per year, and with the world increasingly moving to renewables, some are asking the question: just where does Bitcoin get its electricity?

To answer that question, we partnered with HIVE Digital to visualize data from the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance and Ember, a climate-oriented energy think tank, to look at the Bitcoin network’s electricity mix. 

This is part one in our How Green is Bitcoin? series, which examines the cryptocurrency’s sustainability.  

The World According to Bitcoin

The top 10 countries for Bitcoin mining represent 93.8% of the entire network by hashrate—a measure of computational power—with the U.S., China, and Kazakhstan rounding out the top three. Together these three countries hosted nearly three-quarters of the network at the end of 2021. 

CountryHashrate (%)Renewable (%)
U.S.37.8%22.5%
China21.1%30.2%
Kazakhstan13.2%11.3%
Canada6.5%69.7%
Russia4.7%18.5%
Germany3.1%43.0%
Malaysia2.5%19.1%
Ireland2.0%38.6%
Singapore2.0%2.4%
Thailand1.0%15.5%
Rest of the World6.3%30.1%

Source: Hashrate (%): Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance as of December 2021; Renewable (%) Ember, as of 2022.

China used to be the top spot for Bitcoin mining, up to 75% of global capacity, but a crackdown in the summer of 2021 saw their share drop to nil in just a couple months. Many miners relocated to nearby Kazakhstan, attracted by cheap electricity, loose regulations, and a ‘stable’ political climate, while others opted for the United States. A sizable covert mining scene has also emerged in China, now that the dust has settled.

At the bottom of the top 10 are Ireland, Singapore, and Thailand, which together host 4.9% of the network. Ireland’s reported share—and this applies to sixth-place Germany, as well—is thought to be a significant overstatement caused by miners in other countries masking their true locations.

The Role of Renewables

On a national basis, the U.S., China, and Kazakhstan each had renewable shares of 22.5%, 30.2%, and 11.3% respectively. For context, renewables made up 30% of the world’s electricity generation in 2022 (not including nuclear). 

Kazakhstan’s dismal renewable share is due to their heavy reliance on coal (60%), which is also a major export of the central Asian country. At the same time, coal contributes a similar amount of the electricity in China (61%), but their overall renewable share is higher because of their breakneck expansion of wind and solar power.

Wagons Ho?

Just where a Bitcoin miner sets up their rig is important, because unlike many other industries with factories or big head offices, they are mobile (Google ‘Bitcoin mining shipping containers’ if you need convincing).

Where they choose to put out their shingle is based on things like the regulatory regime, price of electricity, and because Bitcoin rigs generate a lot of heat, the average outdoor temperature. On this last point, here is how the top 10 breaks down by mean annual temperature:

Increasingly, though, with climate change driving the push to renewables, many Bitcoin miners are looking more closely at where their electricity is coming from. This could be why Canada—with its embarrassment of hydroelectric riches—has crept up the ranking from less than one percent of the network in 2019, to six-and-a-half percent at the end of 2021. 

But considering that top renewable countries such as Iceland, Paraguay, and Norway together only hosted just over one percent of the global network, there’s still a lot more room left for growth.

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Learn more about how Bitcoin miner and data center operator HIVE Digital is using clean, renewable energy at its facilities in Canada, Sweden, and Iceland.

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