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Miners have seen a better return on investment due to the rise in the price of bitcoins this year, and the popularity of the Ordinals protocol. They are also deploying more machines as planned. This increases computing power which in turn leads to record-breaking difficulty levels.

The bitcoin mining difficulties automatically adjust as more computing power or hashrate is added to the network. This allows the time to mine a single block to remain stable at around 10 minutes.

Ethan Vera is the chief operating officer of mining services company Luxor Technologies.

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Vera explained that the transaction fees are three times more than usual due to the popularity of the Ordinals protocol. This has increased the revenue for miners.

Ordinals allow for additional functionality to be added to the bitcoin blockchain. This includes non-fungible coins and tokens, which increases the number of transactions.

On Wednesday, the difficulty of mining bitcoin blocks will reach 50T. This is a double in just two years. (CoinDesk/Sage D. Young)

A rise in difficulty will result in a decrease in profitability because the chances of winning a single block and generating revenue are reduced. Marathon Digital Holdings, one of the largest miners , noted, that its monthly bitcoin mining was lower month-on-month as difficulty increased in April. Bitfarms , a Canadian miner, also suffered a loss in the fourth quarter due to increased difficulty.

Bitcoin’s high fees brought back bull market-level mining revenue, but not for long

A few events, however, could slow down the growth of hashrate.

Tim Rainey is the Treasurer of Greenidge Generation Holdings. He believes that some of these catalysts could include the lack of positive Bitcoin price movement, and limitations in infrastructure.

Charles Chong (senior manager, business development, Foundry) says that uncertainty about the next Bitcoin halves event may also affect the mining difficulty.

Foundry is owned and operated by Digital Currency Group, the parent company of CoinDesk.

The difficulty of mining bitcoins could be affected by having too many hashrates in a particular region, as this may affect how the mining rigs deployed.

Colin Harper, the head of research and content at Luxor Technologies, said that “given the concentration in North America we are now seeing new seasonal patterns.” In the past, hashrate increased during China’s wet season when hydropower was cheap.

When summer heatwaves hit the U.S. now, the miners turn off their machines in order to conserve energy.

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Aoyon A. Ashraf is the editor.