Bitfarms Ltd. (“Bitfarms”, or the “Company”) (TSXV:BITF), is pleased to announce that it has taken delivery of 2,125 new generation WhatsMiner M20S miners, with an additional 125 miners expected to be delivered within the coming days. Once fully operational, the mining hardware is expected to add approximately 153 petahash per second (“PH/s”) of new Bitcoin-focused hash power, increasing the Company’s installed computing power to approximately 813 PH/s.
Each M20S miner produces an average of 68 terahash per second of computing capacity while consuming approximately 3.3 kWh of energy, or 48 joules per terahash. The M20S miners will utilize, in aggregate, approximately 7.4 megawatts (“MW”) of green surplus energy in the final stage of the Company’s 18 MW Phase 2 expansion of the Sherbrooke computing centre. Bitfarms expects to have the new M20S hardware installed and operational within approximately 2 weeks.
Summary of Sherbrooke computing centre expansion – Phase 1 & 2:
- 10,050 new generations miners (~505 PH/s) purchased for US$14.9M;
- 30 MW of data centre infrastructure completed for ~US$5M;
- All-in cost per terahash of ~US$39.50, including miners and infrastructure.
Aggregate 2019 expansion highlights across all 5 computing centres:
- ~13,300 new generation miners purchased for US$17.7M;
- Growth of 605 PH/s, or 291% increase to computational hash power year-to-date;
- Aggregate installed capacity now stands at 56.8 MW, with built out infrastructure increasing to 64 MW from 34 MW at the beginning of the year;
- Overall operational efficiency improving to ~14.3 petahash per MW, as new generation miners represent a larger proportion of total mining hardware.
Throughout October, Bitfarms has been focused on the performance optimization of recently installed new generation ASIC miners under the leadership and direction of Mathieu Vachon, EVP Technology and Operations.
“Today’s press release marks the successful completion of the first stage of our Sherbrooke expansion”, commented Wes Fulford, Chief Executive Officer. “2019 has been the most successful year in our Company’s history in terms of growth, with 291% operational growth year-to-date. Our vertically integrated structure has allowed us to build infrastructure expediently and efficiently. Through demonstrated results, Bitfarms has positioned itself as the most efficient publicly traded cryptocurrency miner in terms of computing power relative to electricity consumption.”
About Bitfarms Ltd.
The Company owns and operates computing centres that power the global decentralized financial economy. Bitfarms provides computing power to cryptocurrency networks such as Bitcoin, earning fees from each network for securing and processing transactions. Powered by clean and competitively priced hydroelectricity, Bitfarms operates 5 computing centres in Québec, Canada. Bitfarms’ experienced management team includes industrial-scale data centre operators and capital markets professionals, focused on building infrastructure for the future by developing and hosting the ecosystem growing around blockchain-based technologies.
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