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Report claims each Solana TX uses less energy than 2 Google searches


Solana Foundation, which is behind the development of the Solana project, plans to implement a program by the end of 2021. A program will help make the network of validators carbon-neutral.

Thus, in May, the organization signed a contract with energy and climate consultant Robert Murphy. The task of the specialist is to determine the impact of transactions performed on the blockchain on the environment.

“Transactions are the fundamental building blocks of Solana: Purchasing non-fungible token (NFT), making a trade, or other activities you can perform using Solana are all transactions”. The project’s November report on energy consumption says.

One transaction in the Solana network requires 0.00051 kWh

According to the document, one transaction in the Solana network requires 0.00051 kilowatt-hour (kWh) or 1836 Joules (J) of energy. Moreover, this is comparable to the cost of two Google searches. Also, it is 24 times less energy than charging the phone.

At the same time, the same indicator for Bitcoin is 6,995,592,000 J; Ethereum – 692,820,000 J.

In total, the Solana network uses approximately 3,186,000 kWh per year. Which is equivalent to the consumption of 986 households in the United States. There are 1,196 validators in the blockchain, confirming about 20 million transactions during this period.

Carbon-neutral and compensating ecosystem impact

The Solana Foundation stated that they intend to further reduce the impact of the Solana ecosystem on the environment.

“By the end of 2021, the Foundation plans to introduce a program to help make Solana’s validator network carbon neutral and offset the footprint of the ecosystem,” the report says.

Recall that previously in September, a large-scale failure occurred in the main Solana network. As a result of which new blocks were not released for more than 16 hours. The full functionality of the blockchain was restored in less than a day after the restart. The reason for the failure, the developers called a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) attack.

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