# Bitcoin Project Leads Wired’s Lisa Barnard to Explore Genesis Mining Facility in Iceland

When it comes to the cryptocurrency industry, most people think of the transactions and the rise and fall of prices. However, Lisa Barnard decided to learn more about the facilities that help to keep it afloat at a Genesis Mining facility in Iceland, as well as a geothermal power station called Svartsengi.

• Lisa Barnard visited the Enigma facility, which was established in 2014.
• Along with Enigma, Barnard visited the Svartsengi geothermal power station.

The cryptocurrency industry relies on mining to keep the blockchain going. These miners validate transactions with complex and complicated calculations, allowing each transaction to be added to the public record on the blockchain. In this process, the electricity to validate the transactions is substantial, and the facilities of Genesis Mining focuses on these processes. Lisa Barnard of Wired recently visited the facility as part of her project called Bitcoin.

Genesis Mining is located about two miles away from the Reykjavik airport in Iceland, including hundreds of thousands of fans to keep the machines from overheating. The facility is called Enigma, established in 2014, and Barnard commented that this facility is the loudest one she’s visited by far. Her first visit was two years ago as she was working on her Bitcoin project.

On the original visit, she stated,

“The biggest thing I remember was just the noise and the flashing lights and wiring. It was like being inside a computer.”

This massive facility is located away from the tourist-ridden area of the country, but it is still just as integrated into the unique landscape as the waterfalls and geyser. Hydroelectric dams and geothermal power stations take advantage of the underground heat and plentiful water in the area to help with the cheap and green electricity that reduces cost and uses renewable resources.

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