Ethereum’s competitor Polkadot network consumes the least electricity compared to Bitcoin, Solana and other top cryptocurrencies. This implies that Polkadot has a less negative impact on climate change than its counterparts . The network recently announced its Pioneers Prize program to reward technological innovation on the Polkadot blockchain.
The Crypto Carbon Ratings Institute (CCRI) conducted a new research on the electricity consumption of blockchain networks like Ethereum, Solana, Bitcoin and Polkadot. Based on research findings, Polkadot consumes less power than most popular cryptocurrencies, at 6.6 times the annual electricity consumption of an average US household.
Bitcoin consumes the most electricity, followed by Ethereum, Solana, Cardano, Algorand, Avalanche and Tezos.
The electricity consumption by a blockchain network is a factor influencing the inflow of capital from institutional investors. This is evident from Tesla’s move in 2021, when the electric car giant stopped accepting Bitcoin payments in 2021, citing the environmental impact of BTC mining.
The Polkadot network recently announced its Pioneers Prize program, with a reward of $20 million for technological innovation in its ecosystem. The Ethereum-competitor is keen on supporting the growth of its ecosystem and Web3; the prize sets a series of challenges to pick winners.