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Tesla’s Gigafactory Will Produce As Much Renewable Energy As It Uses

Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 10 Comments
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By Michael Graham Richard | Tree Hugger

The battery ‘Gigafactory' that Tesla is building in Nevada is the centerpiece of its whole mass-market electric car strategy. Without it, the company will have trouble securing enough battery supply to make hundreds of thousands of EVs (which they plan to do for the upcoming, more affordable Model 3, to be unveiled in March 2016), and it will have trouble reducing its prices enough to attract Mr. and Mrs. Everybody (the Gigafactory is expected to slash costs by at least 30% through economies of scale and high-tech manufacturing).

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A lot has been written about how big the Gigafactory will be: It's going to be one of thelargest building on Earth (how it ranks will depend how much the original plan is expanded), and it will produce more batteries when it is fully operational than the whole world was producing in 2013, as you can see in the graph below.

Tesla/Screen capture

Tesla/Screen capture

But relatively little has been written about another very cool aspect of the project: It will be a ‘net zero' energy consumer and have carbon neutral operations.

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Tesla's Chief Technical Officer, JB Straubel, gave some details on how that will work at a recent talk at the University of Nevada:

Renaud Janson helped transcribe some of the relevant parts (big thanks to him!):

The Gigafactory is maybe the best example we can talk about with this. You know, from the get-go, from the first concept of this factory, we wanted to make it a net-zero facility. So, you know, the most visible thing we are doing is covering the entire site with solar power. The whole roof of the Gigafactory was designed from the beginning with solar in mind. We kept all of the mechanical equipment off the roof. We didn’t put extra, sorta, penetrations through the roof that we didn’t need to and it’s a very, very clean surface that we can completely cover in solar. But that’s not enough solar, though. So we have also gone to the surrounding hillsides that we can’t use for other functions and we’re adding solar to those.

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  1.' Teen says:

    Hy i’m Anglina from Canada follow me if you want to good friendship with me….

  2.' Barbara Lee says:

    Great, now why don’t all companies do this?

  3.' Jaydn Goudie says:

    Thank you ?????

  4.' Milo Ruiz says:

    What took so fucking long?

  5.' Joshuahn Jackstonburg says:

    Does it not need to produce more?

  6.' Daryl C Mills says:

    What’s their plan in 7 years when the batteries are useless – how and where can they be dumped?

    •' Barbara Lee says:

      great question, I hope you get an answer! More indisposable waste! Should have used renewable batteries, there is technology to do that.

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