Intermittent Bitcoin Mining Fixes Energy – Bitcoin Magazine

Many aspects of the Bitcoin mining industry are poorly understood and often misrepresented. But one practice in this sector stands apart for the misunderstandings and underappreciation that surround it: intermittent mining.

While most miners aim to achieve as much uptime as technically feasible — meaning their machines are online and hashing instead of offline or powered down — some miners don’t. Instead of continuously mining, their uptime is far below industry norms and operates on more complex schedules built around variables like power supply and demand, time of day, intraday profitability and even temperature.