Onchain analytics show the number of bitcoin (BTC) held on the Ethereum blockchain has been multiplying at an extremely fast rate since the end of May. On Sunday, August 16 there’s approximately 38,021 BTC on Ethereum or roughly $449 million stored in synthetic bitcoin protocols like Wbtc, Renbtc, Sbtc, and more.
Despite the years of efforts from Blockstream Liquid supporters and the Lightning Network (LN) enthusiasts, Ethereum is storing and moving more BTC than both networks combined. The amount of bitcoin (BTC) held on Ethereum is 1,448% larger than the current aggregate capacity on the LN and Liquid branches.
At press time, Liquid holds $29.4 million at today’s exchange rates or 2,490 L-btc. Blockstream’s Liquid total-value locked (TVL) is higher than the Lightning Network’s TVL, which is only $12 million on August 16, 2020. These two networks combined only have $41 million worth of BTC locked into the systems.
“Bitcoin is now an undeniable part of [decentralized finance] defi, with $420M USD of BTC on Ethereum, in one form or another,” the CTO at Ren Protocol told his 2,778 Twitter followers on Saturday. “In the last 24 hours, over $24M has been moved through Ren Protocol to be used to farm yield. Anyone not generating APY right now with their BTC is asleep.”
Stats from Dune Analytics indicates that there’s approximately 38,021 BTC ($449 million using today’s exchange rates) on Ethereum. There are 5,700+ crypto market caps in existence today, and the collage of synthetic bitcoins held on Ethereum has a larger market valuation than 5,665 coin market caps.
Wbtc is by far the most popular synthetic bitcoin (BTC) on the market today. This is followed by Renbtc (7,721), Sbtc (1,793), Hbtc (1,310), Imbtc (988), Pbtc (48), and Tbtc (0).
The Wbtc project seemed thrilled with the expansion as Wbtc holds the most synthetic BTC on Ethereum to-date.
The Ren Protocol CTO was also enthusiastic about the trend discussing a number of trades in his Twitter thread. “In one transaction, someone transferred over $5M USD worth of BTC to Ethereum using the Ren Protocol,” he said.
“And just before that, someone transferred over $3M USD. In the last 24 hours, Ren Protocol has processed and moved more than $1M USD worth of bitcoin per hour. Over the last week, it has averaged more than $7M USD per day. Over the last month, more than $4M USD per day,” the CTO added.
Three Arrows Capital founder, Su Zhu, said he predicts that Wbtc will continue to trend this way.