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Tesla's battery-making 'Gigafactory' finds a home in Nevada

By Shawn Knight
Sep 5, 2014
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  1. Tesla Motors has decided to build its massive battery production facility in Nevada, putting an end to a heated competition between nearly half a dozen states in the region. Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval made the...

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  2. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    That concept picture looks nice, but there is no way they are not going to hook up such a large factory to the Nevada power grid.
     
  3. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,216   +1,240

    This is just an assumption but based on the picture above the factory is designed to be self sufficient when it comes to energy.

    "Net zero energy factory"
     
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  4. Mikymjr

    Mikymjr TS Enthusiast Posts: 121   +8

    A lot of solar panels on the roof and a lot of wind turbines on the hills. Great concept for energy savings
     
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    It will almost definitely still be hooked up to the power grid. Electricity needs to go somewhere when it's produced, so if their factory produces extra due to a windy day or lower use, it needs to go somewhere. It will probably go into the grid and help power homes, etc. At night, (or during cloudy/calm days) the factory will probably be short on power, and it'll draw from the grid.

    The logical question of course is "Shouldn't a battery factory just use batteries to store extra power?" Hooking up to the grid is far cheaper than using batteries to manage the power fluctuations. I'd bet 'Net zero' means some days they'll be using power from the grid, and some days they'll be providing power, but it should balance out pretty well.
     
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,555   +2,897

    Power would not be produced unless there is a load for it. The amount of load will always dictate how much power is produced. The only reason to connect to the grid under that condition, would probably be a financial decision. I do agree with you on connecting to the grid as a safety net to make sure they will always have enough power to operate.
     
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  7. What they did not specify is that Crab people will be underground providing extra power with stationary Bikes....
     
  8. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    This is precisely what I mean. There might be days where the factory may be able to generate enough power on its own without using the Nevada power grid, but I am willing to bet the number of days that it will be using power from the Nevada grid will be greater than the number of days it will get power from wind and solar.
     

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