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Your Raspberry Pi Bitcoin Node Can Now Run on Solar Energy Through PiJuice

Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies, by extension, face a lot of scrutiny. Many people express concerns over their impact on the environment and CO2 emissions. Those who run a cryptocurrency mode on their Raspberry Pi now have a greener and renewable energy solution to do their part in this equation.

Solar Energy For Raspberry Pi Nodes

There are numerous reasons why anyone would run a cryptocurrency node on a cheaper and small device such as a Raspberry Pi. These units draw very little electricity, making them “greener” than alternative solutions like laptops and computers. Even when the machine runs 24/7, its power draw is far less notable than some make it out to be.

Even so, there are always new solutions to explore. With thousands of Bitcoin node owners globally, looking into renewable energy solutions can be a smart idea. Assuming that node runs on a Raspberry Pi – through Umbrel or other service providers – it is now possible to rely on solar power. Achieving an uninterrupted power supply will prove beneficial to many people and the environment as a whole.

It may seem strange to run a Raspberry Pi on solar energy. After all, it is not feasible to do so without the right hardware. However, with the help of PiJuice Solar Bundle, anyone can achieve this goal with relative ease. Furthermore, as solar energy is “free’, there is a valuable option for Pi owners who want to put a stronger focus on renewable energy. 

As PiJuice is self-motoring and autonomous, it creates an exciting option for many potential use cases. While not everyone uses a Raspberry Pi for running cryptocurrency nodes, that option is worth exploring. In addition, users can buy a solar panel of their choice, ranging from 6 to 40 Watt, depending on their requirements. It is an exciting option to create self-sustaining off-the-grid computing, even through a low-powered device. 

Positive News For Cryptocurrencies

While using “green electricity” for Bitcoin or other crypto nodes will not make too many headlines, it is an exciting option for users globally. Not having to pay for electricity for this purpose is a benefit. More importantly, it helps take nodes “off the grid” in this regard, a welcome development after all the negative media attention that Bitcoin mining has received. 

Despite the negative attention – and a near 50% drop in network hashpower – Bitcoin continues to truck along without skipping a beat. The resilience of this ecosystem deserves a lot more attention and recognition. Payments and transactions still occur without any issues, and transaction fees have not increased. Furthermore, thanks to a mining difficulty adjustment, the network can operate as normal without any intervention by institutions, governments, or figureheads.

While the PiJuice pack is not cheap – between 90 and 187.5 GBP – it marks a significant milestone for all Raspberry Pi owners. While some run a Bitcoin node on it, others have built clusters of Pis to create a “supercomputer”. All of these projects can now benefit from solar energy, which may bring even more attention to this ecosystem. 


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JP Buntinx

JP Buntinx has been writing about cryptocurrency since 2012. His interest in crypto, blockchain, fintech, and finance allows him to cover a broad range of different topics.

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