Voltage Offers Easy Inbound Liquidity for Lightning

  • Voltage now offers its users inbound liquidity for Lightning Nodes with just one click.
  • The voltage will provide 500,000 sats from its main node.
  • The company hopes to expand this offering beyond just Voltage customers.

Voltage, a Bitcoin infrastructure provider, has released a new, easy way to source incoming liquidity to create a Lightning Node, according to a company blog post.

With just one click, Voltage users can earn 500,000 sats of incoming liquidity, courtesy of the main Voltage node. Voltage wants this service to help quickly onboard as many merchants, businesses, and fulfillment nodes as possible onto the Lightning Network.

For users wishing to utilize this feature, the following widget will be available at the top of the Voltage dashboard once a node has been onboarded.

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Just click on “Request Channel” and the process is pretty much complete. Voltage will then open a channel with the incoming liquidity supply and also provide transactional details for users to verify the channel opening. Once the transaction has been confirmed three times, the process is certified complete. Once completed, the above widget will disappear from the dashboard screen.

Additionally, the Lightning provider noted that while this service is currently only available to Voltage customers, the company is looking to expand liquidity services to the wider network.

What is inbound liquidity?

The Lightning Network provides scalability to Bitcoin by allowing two or more participating parties to create a channel together, thus enabling the seamless transfer of satoshis between them. This is achieved through the liquidity provided by participating parties which can then be transferred back and forth between parties, ad infinitum.

However, this raises the question of providing that initial liquidity that allows parties to trade back and forth. Essentially, incoming liquidity is just funds that can be received from another participating node.