Energy

The average industrial cost per kilowatt hour of electricity.

Energy

Energy Cost: $0.07 kW/h The Math Variables Let the following be assigned: ĥ = global hash rate (TH/s) ĥm = individual miner's hash rate (TH/s) em = individual miner's energy consumption (kWh) c = energy cost (kWh USD) β = blocks per hour r = block reward (btc) m = total number of simulated miners cmb = energy cost per miner per block (USD) v = ethereum intrinsic value (USD) Equations First, find the total number of simulated miners m in the best case scenario (all using best combination of hash rate and energy consumption). Second, find the energy cost per miner per block cmb in kilowatts-per-hour by dividing the energy consumption of an individual miner in kWh by the number of blocks found in an hour, and then multiplying the result by the constant cost of each kilowatt hour. $$m = {ĥ \over ĥ_m}, c_{mb} = c{e_m \over β}$$ Finally, the lower bound on the intrinsic value of a coin's generation is the total system energy cost per block divided by the number of coins generated per block. $$v = {m \times c_{mb} \over r}$$ Results With 813,583 miners and an individual energy cost of$0.000 kW/h the system energy cost per block is $258. Since the current block reward is 3 ETH then the energy cost per coin is$85.89.

A more detailed description is available in this blog post: A Bitcoin Valuation Experiment.

Think of it Like

The energy cost to create a Bitcoin is akin to the cost of digging up and processing ore as if it were it a piece of metal.

What's It Worth?

We can see how much of Ethereum's price might be speculation.

Market Value

Intrinsic Value

Extrinsic Value

Speculation

Other Cryptocurrencies

Name Algorithm Hashrate Optimal Rig Energy Blocks/hr Min. Value Speculation
BitcoinSHA25653,039,355 TH/s18 TH/s @ 1.65 kW/h4.86 gW6$4,479.4752% EthereumEthash156 TH/s0.000192 TH/s @ 1.10 kW/h0.89 gW240$85.8968%
LitecoinScrypt475 TH/s0.00058 TH/s @ 0.93 kW/h0.76 gW24$87.5635% Bitcoin CashSHA256219,573 TH/s18 TH/s @ 1.65 kW/h0.02 gW6$18.5495%
Bitcoin SVSHA256106,219 TH/s18 TH/s @ 1.65 kW/h0.01 gW6\$8.9796%