Tesla are a car company that only build battery powered, green motors. Their wish is to accelerate the worlds transition to sustainable energy. They are most known for creating electric cars and are most famous for the Tesla Roadster in 2008 which was the worlds first electric sports car and their manufacturing has reached 164,000 motors in 8 years.
The Gigafactory is a 3,200 acre battery manufacturing plant that has already begun production but will not be in full swing until 2020. It is situated in the Nevada desert. They are installing machines in sealed, humidity-controlled rooms that will start making batter cells before the end of this year. These robots are used to place battery packs into home and office units, which store energy from solar panels and allow users to tap it during peak periods.
One gigawatt hour is equivalent of generating one billion watts for one hour- one million times that of one kilowatt hour, Tesla say that the factory will be producing 35 gigawatt hours of batteries by 2018. This is equivalent to the entire worlds, production in 2014.
Critics warn that if the new model 3 car is delayed then Tesla will have extra batteries on its hands and no way to recoup its costs, leaving them with a lot of excess capacity. Also there are companies who are already making battery and energy storage systems. (Chinese automaker BYD Co. is asking battery powered buses already.)
In cooperation with Panasonic and other strategic partners, the Gigafactory will produce batteries for significantly less cost using economies of scale, innovative manufacturing, reduction of waste, and the simple optimisation of locating most manufacturing process under one roof. We expect to drive down the per kilowatt hour (kWh) cost of our battery pack by more than 30 percent. The Gigafactory will also be powered by renewable energy sources, with the goal of achieving net zero energy.
The future is to have multiple Gigafactories spread across the world. Powering the worlds with batteries made at the Tesla facilities. If Tesla were to succeed it would be revolutionary, as they would be able to power the worlds electrics by batteries made sustainably but this dream is far off becoming a reality.
I think this is an exciting prospect. The idea that our whole world could be powered by sustainably made batteries is amazing. Tesla seem very ambitious with the proposals as Elon Musk has been dubbed the Steve Jobs of our age.
Design to reduce the need to consume
Design to minimise waste
Design to reduce chemical impacts
Design to reduce energy and water use
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