July 2023 was an upward month for Bitcoin mining, each when it comes to hashrate and miner income.
Specifically, Bitcoin hashrate set new all-time highs.
July 2023 noticed the very best ever peak in Bitcoin hashrate
It occurred on Saturday 8 July, when it exceeded 500 Eh/s for the primary time in historical past.
To offer a comparability, a 12 months in the past the weekly common was 200.
That peak occurred in only some hours on 8 July, and provided that it’s only an estimate, it’s a quantity that must be taken with warning.
By taking weekly averages, that are a extra conservative estimate, the height occurred on 11 July at 410 Eh/s. That’s nonetheless greater than twice as excessive as a 12 months in the past.
However, so far as every day averages are involved, the all-time document belongs to eight July with 465 Eh/s.
It’s price noting that even the issue recorded its all-time excessive in July, partly as a result of because the hashrate will increase inevitably so does the issue.
It’s no coincidence that the issue peak was reached on 12 July, shortly after the hashrate data, for the reason that issue solely updates as soon as each two weeks or so. After approaching 60T, it then dropped beneath 54T on the finish of the month as a result of inevitable hashrate contraction.
The curious factor is that regardless of the rise in issue, the income for the miners elevated.
Usually, when issue will increase, the prices for the miners additionally improve. And since, total, revenues are pretty secure, a rise in issue tends to scale back income.
What’s extra, in comparison with $0.07 per day per Th/s in June, Bitcoin mining profitability rose to nearly $0.08 in July.
Certainly, revenues have really elevated as nicely.
General, the miners in July collected $844.5 million, which is sort of $61 million greater than in June.
It’s price mentioning that July has an additional month, so even for that alone the general month-to-month receipts must be 3% greater. Nevertheless, in July the rise in whole receipts for Bitcoin miners was 7%.
The whole of $844.5 million is made up of $18.8 million from charges, and the remaining from block rewards. So it’s clear that the rise isn’t because of greater charges collected, however merely to the next market worth of BTC in July than in June.
In any case, in June the common value of BTC was nicely beneath $30,000, whereas in July it was roughly round that threshold.
In different phrases, Bitcoin mining throughout this era is doing fairly nicely.
Absolutely the low in recent times when it comes to the profitability of Bitcoin mining was reached between November and December 2022, when the value of BTC was round $16,000. It’s price noting that it was round $0.06 per Th/s per day, in comparison with nearly $0.08 as we speak. Thus, not even in that darkish time did Bitcoin mining ever take an enormous danger.
December additionally noticed the bottom peak in estimated world power consumption in Bitcoin mining.
The estimate of whole annual consumption in December had dropped to 70 TWh, however by March it was again above 100. In July it even briefly exceeded 110 TWh, however on common that estimate remained between 100 and 110.
The height in consumption was reached in December 2021, which was shortly after the height of the final massive bullrun, when it exceeded 200 TWh. Thus, excluding the minimal peak in December 2022, it may be mentioned that for the reason that most peak, Bitcoin’s power consumption has halved.
Earlier than the beginning of the newest massive bull run it was about 80 TWh, so it has not elevated by a lot since then.
It will be significant to not overlook that the power consumption of Bitcoin mining is neither fastened nor established upfront. It’s the miners who arbitrarily select how a lot to devour.
Nevertheless, since mining is a contest during which whoever mines essentially the most hashes wins, it’s inevitable that the miners have a propensity to devour as a lot as potential, however at all times at a decrease value than the income, as a result of they don’t mine at a loss.
Subsequently, when the market worth of the mined BTC will increase, they will afford to extend their mining prices as nicely, and thus their power consumption, but when the value falls then they need to essentially additionally cut back consumption.