Strudel Finance is the first and only one-way, trustless bridging protocol linking Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and other centralized assets to the expanding DeFi landscape. Powered by the governance token, Strudel Token (TRDL), Strudel allows BTC, BCH, and other assets to be utilized in the Ethereum and Polygon ecosystems to reap the benefits of liquidity mining, arbitrage, lending, collateralization, and more. By eliminating the need for custodial control of assets with typical wrappers, Strudel’s trustless protocol trades off counterparty risk for market risk while using market dynamics, crypto-economic incentives and cross-chain capabilities to maintain a pegged, scalable, and capital-efficient ecosystem. This one-of-a-kind economic approach offers average users and big money investors alike numerous options for monetary growth and grants more diversity and security to DeFi. Learn more about the protocol in our detailed Strudel Guide.
What is Strudel?
Strudel is the first one-way, trustless bridge linking Bitcoin to Ethereum. vBTC, the resulting asset, trades off counterparty risk for market risk, bringing more diversity to the tokenized-BTC landscape. In the long term Strudel is about using the forces of crypto-economics to challenge the status quo of blockchain and free BTC from the grip of Wall Street.
BTC collateral is safely kept forever in the custody of the Strudel protocol. Nobody can move the underlying BTC on the original chain. They can only be utilized in the Ethereum ecosystem.
The Strudel protocol doesn't need collateral to guarantee the safety of the assets bridged. For this reason the protocol is able to incentivize liquidity provision to sustain the peg long term.
vBTC can realistically wrap a significant number of the BTC supply. As more BTC cross the bridge, the system value is solidified and assets will trend closer to the pegged price.
vBTC and $TRDL are ready to be ported to other chains, unlocking BTC as collateral in all of the interchain.
There isn’t much you can do with a Bitcoin.
For Bitcoin to participate in DeFi, it needs to be wrapped into the Ethereum chain to be compatible. A wrapped token is really an IOU that is emitted into the Ethereum network for every BTC deposited into a wrapper protocol.
The BTC network is slow, outdated, and relies on centralized services to trade with no smart contracts. Decentralized Finance allows people to be their own bank. They can gain interest on their assets, lend, collateralize, trade, and more without having to relinquish control of their tokens.
Current Bitcoin wrapper protocols such as WBTC and renBTC rely on multisig setups to hold the BTC.
This poses a security risk because Bitcoin multisigs are capped to around a dozen signers. This means that there is a real possibility of them colluding to remove the underlying value of the wrapped BTC, causing the loss of the peg and value collapse.
The Strudel protocol addresses this issue by achieving a trustless BTC wrapper. You do not have to rely on a group of anonymous custodians to hold the keys to your Bitcoin. The Strudel wrapping procedure permanently locks BTC to mint vBTC, which increases TVL and provides a fully compatible Ethereum ecosystem asset.Pitch Deck
Enter the Strudel
By using the Strudel Dapp, Bitcoin is permanently locked and marked with the Strudel protocol identifier. The lock transaction is then relayed to Ethereum, issuing vBTC on Ethereum in the exact ratio of 1:1.$TRDL/ETH SLP
The Strudel Token
$TRDL is the governance and reward token for the Strudel Protocol. It is created on 2 separate occasions:
- When a user crosses BTC over the bridge, $TRDL is minted alongside vBTC, providing extra incentive.
- $TRDL rewards are distributed per block to liquidity providers of various Strudel (Terra Farm) pools.
Terra-farming started at block #11.021.639 with 1 $TRDL per block and this reward remains. As another incentive, the more BTC that cross the bridge, the higher the bonus multiplier is for Terra farmers, increasing $TRDL harvests above 1 $TRDL per block temporarily.vBTC/ETH LP