Chia network is an eco-friendly blockchain platform that is considered to be among the most decentralized blockchains. With hundreds of thousands of nodes, each carrying a copy of the blockchain's ledger, the network allows for quick propagation of information.
Its smart transaction model uses a simple yet powerful higher-level and innovative programming language called Chialisp in combination with a lower-level language called CLVM (ChiaLisp Virtual Machine). This simple model patronizes the writing of high-value and secure contracts.
The Chia blockchain follows a Coin set model to keep track of the network's state. Each coin on the Chia network is locked with a Chialisp program and hashed to provide strong security to the blockchain. The Chia blockchain's major functions include processing financial transactions, running programs written in Chialisp, and minting tokens from XCH.
Chia uses the first and only Nakamoto consensus algorithm since Bitcoin, called Proof of Space Time (PoST), to validate transactions and store them in blocks. The PoST consensus is highly energy efficient and consumes low energy when compared to the Proof of Work (PoW) consensus.
XCH is the native currency of the Chia blockchain. It is a programmable currency that seeks to improve institutions and governments through financial innovations, increase the ease of cross-border payments, and design a new decentralized future.
At the time of writing, there are about 5.1 million XCH tokens in circulation out of a total of over 26 million existing tokens. XCH has no maximum supply, meaning an unlimited number of tokens can be created.
The huge difference between the number of circulating and existing tokens can be explained by a substantial amount of them held in a reserve by Chia Network Inc. Chia investors may redeem a portion of this reserve under pre-specified circumstances. Besides that, the funds in reserve are to be used in various ways, such as by rewarding Chia farmers (miners) with XCH tokens, providing grants to developers, buying back shares when they finally go public, and paying shareholder dividends.
Like Bitcoin, XCH follows a block reward halving schedule — that is, the number of token rewards for successful miners halves over time. In Chia's case, block rewards began at 2 XCH and will be halved every three years until 2034.
Chia was created by American computer programmer Bram Cohen, who also created the BitTorrent protocol — a communication protocol for peer-to-peer file sharing over the internet that is used globally.
Cohen's intention for creating Chia was to provide a much less energy-intensive alternative to Proof of Work (PoW) and Proof of Stake (PoS) blockchains. He hoped that by eliminating the power consumption and centralization problems they pose, he could help make blockchain technology more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Gene Hoffman was an advisor on the board of Chia Network before he took up the position of Director and COO of Chia alongside Cohen.
1. World Bank climate warehouse development
Chia Network Inc. announced in late 2021 that it had been chosen to create a data-sharing prototype for the World Bank's Climate warehouse. The World Bank's climate warehouse, which is part of the World Bank's Carbon Markets and Innovation unit, was established to help countries meet pre-set carbon emission targets.
2. Helping the Costa Rican government track climate change
The Costa Rican government collaborated with Chia in late 2021 to create a platform to help it better manage its "climate inventory." Other countries will be able to use the platform for free. This collaboration was a significant step forward for Chia in its pursuit of more environmentally sustainable decentralized blockchain platforms.
3. Chia introduces the NFT1 Mainnet Standard
The NFT0 Beta Standard, released in May 2022, laid down Chia's vision for the future of NFTs. By leveraging its sustainable, inclusive, and compliant blockchain, Chia seeks to improve the pain points of the NFT industry. The NFT1 Standard offers expanded functionality and scalability to drive digital ownership and enlarge NFTs' new use cases.
4. The NFT1 Standard allows creators and owners to tie their identity to the NFT and transaction history to establish the origin and source of the digital asset. It eliminates counterparty risk through its Chia Offers. Supporting multiple sources and cryptographic hash makes for easy publication and storage of the NFT digital files.
5. Chia makes it to Nasdaq's list of 15 Environmentally Sustainable Cryptocurrencies to Invest in
When compared to the mining process used by PoW blockchains such as Bitcoin, Chia's hard drive-based farming process consumes less energy. As a result, Chia provides Bitcoin's security while consuming only 0.16% and 0.36% of Bitcoin's and Ethereum's annual energy consumption, respectively.
Additionally, with its circular drive initiative announced in 2021, Chia aims to reduce e-waste by promoting and enabling the secure reuse of storage hardware as opposed to shredding and disposing of used drives.
You can buy XCH from OKX exchange. OKX offers the XCH/USDT, XCH/USDC, and XCH/BTC trading pairs. Alternatively, you can buy XCH directly with fiat or convert your crypto to XCH.
Before you begin trading with OKX, you need to create an account. To buy XCH with your preferred fiat, click "Buy with card" under "Buy Crypto" on the top navigation bar. To trade XCH/USDT, XCH/USDC, or XCH/BTC, click "Basic Trading" under "Trade". Under the same tab, click "Convert" to convert crypto to XCH.
Alternatively, visit our new OKX Crypto Calculator. Select XCH and the desired fiat that you would like to convert to view the estimated live conversion price.