TORONTO, April 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fortress Applied sciences Inc. (TSX-V: FORT) (“Fortress” or the “Firm”) is happy to announce the launch of a brand new Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) acutely aware Bitcoin mining enterprise with Nice American Mining (“GAM”), thereby growing its current Bitcoin manufacturing and positioning the corporate for additional development and investments in Bitcoin mining and greenhouse gasoline emissions discount and offset markets.
Final spring, Fortress determined to allocate steadiness sheet capital to Bitcoin, recognizing the necessity to diversify its treasury belongings. This transfer was made months earlier than different extra well-known traders and publicly traded firms made the same choice.
Within the fall of 2020, Fortress initiated an inner challenge to hunt out alternatives that would develop our Bitcoin mining operations. What involved our board was the growing resistance from society to the environmental footprint related to the Bitcoin mining sector, and consequently we sought another methodology whereas additionally pursuing different ESG associated funding alternatives. We believed the way forward for institutional-backed Bitcoin mining can be environmentally acutely aware and initiated a rigorous analysis course of into numerous current and developmental functions.
In the end, our analysis led us to a particular firm, Nice American Mining (“GAM”), which was profitably mining Bitcoin by using an environmentally acutely aware and greenhouse gasoline decreasing method. Nice American Mining’s novel expertise captures methane waste gasoline, a greenhouse gasoline emitted throughout the extraction of many hydrocarbon sources and lots of instances stronger than CO2 emissions, and converts the stranded waste gasoline right into a productive power supply for Bitcoin mining. Nice American Mining’s operations thereby seize and scale back the emissions of this potent greenhouse gasoline, whereas additionally producing Bitcoin at a value per kWh effectively beneath the all-in charges for on-grid miners. We had been impressed each with Nice American Mining’s mission and execution, believing this innovation was exactly what was wanted to advance Bitcoin mining right into a extra ESG compliant asset class for institutional traders. Consequently, we’ve got partnered with the Nice American Mining crew to scale our general hash energy and Bitcoin mining operations using GAM’s ongoing working partnerships.
Nice American Mining is exclusive in having a crew with each the talent and expertise to execute massive scale deployments of the kind we’re envisaging, whereas additionally being co-led by a effectively revered and trusted thought chief within the Bitcoin sector, Marty Bent. Whereas many have marveled on the prospect of environmentally acutely aware Bitcoin mining, Nice American Mining has efficiently executed and constructed out the gasoline conversion and electrical infrastructure together with lively PDUs and software program mandatory to manage a decentralized community of mining nodes all through hydrocarbon wealthy fields. Moreover, Nice American Mining’s strategic deal with off-grid power era as a part of the long-term viability of their enterprise is one more reason why we’re excited to companion with them. Mining off-grid considerably decreases operational danger over time as demand for on-grid energy buy agreements from bitcoin miners and different power customers will get extra aggressive.
Moreover, this presents an immense alternative in scale for us to pursue, as all the vented/flared gasoline within the US transformed to electrical energy would yield roughly 7.4 GW, which in flip represents about 50-70% of the entire energy transformed by the Bitcoin community at present.
Operational Deployment Schedule
Fortress has superior GAM an preliminary sum to buy pre-ordered mining tools and start hashing as early as Might. We intend to deploy as a lot as $15 million CAD with Nice American Mining and imagine we are able to improve our firm’s hashpower from 19.5 PH/s to roughly 180 PH/s inside 3-4 months.
“By means of my expertise because the co-founder of Bitfarms, one of many largest and most profitable Bitcoin mining firms on this planet, I’ve come to understand that institutional traders wish to deploy capital into Bitcoin however under no circumstances prices. The only greatest hurdle for these traders seems to be the environmental footprint brought on by standard Bitcoin mining. I imagine the way forward for Bitcoin mining will should be environmentally acutely aware, searching for out stranded power sources and repurposing waste and emitted gases to productively safe the Bitcoin Blockchain, and that each traders in addition to the Bitcoin mining neighborhood will place a premium on firms who pursue this type of forward-thinking exercise. I imagine the crew at Nice American Mining reveals the suitable qualities having the execution capabilities in addition to the fervour to succeed. We’re honored to be partnering with them on this enterprise. With this transaction, Fortress formally enters the sector as a well-capitalized publicly traded firm mining Bitcoin whereas doing effectively by nature. This theme of doing effectively by nature, bettering the standard of our planet and our soil, and decreasing the worldwide carbon footprint certainly will change into a mission assertion for Fortress and a part of our enterprise exercise going ahead,” stated Roy Sebag, Chairman of Fortress Applied sciences Inc.
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Fortress Applied sciences Inc. (TSX-V: FORT) is a well-capitalized firm centered on creating tasks the place entry to development capital is extremely valued, which may additionally advance ESG and environmentally acutely aware enterprise initiatives.
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