Tesla just unveiled the world’s largest battery storage plant

February 1, 2017 by  
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Tesla just completed construction on what it claims is the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world. The facility is located at in Ontario, California and it consists of 396 Tesla powerpacks that can store 80 megawatt-hours of electricity – that’s enough to power over 2,500 households for a day or 15,000 households for four hours. Tesla nabbed the contract to build the battery storage facility for Southern California Edison in September 2016, and it was completed by the end of that year. The project consists of two 10 megawatt systems – each made of 198 Tesla Powerpacks and 24 inverters – connected to two different circuits at the Mira Loma Substation. Tesla Chief Technical Officer JB Straubel said “Storage is quite a new thing…and this is a different breed of battery. This is the tip of the iceberg of how much storage we’ll see on the grid .” Related: Solar homes with Tesla’s Powerwall 2.0 are already cost-competitive with the grid in Australia SCE said the facility would allow them to draw more on clean energies like solar power . When clean energy projects produce more electricity than the utility needs, it can now be stores and utilized during peak hours. The Tesla battery storage facility seems like the perfect answer to our energy issues, but MIT Technology Review points out lithium batteries are still expensive, and no one has said how much the facility cost. It’s also not clear how many cycles the Powerpack batteries can go through before they begin to degrade – MIT estimates 5,000 cycles, which would work well in a home but not as well in a grid setting. At the ribbon-cutting, SCE CEO Kevin Payne said, “This project is part of our vision at SCE to take advantage of the wind and the sun, and operate a flexible grid that delivers clean energy to power our homes, our businesses, and our vehicles. Standing here today among these Tesla Powerpacks is a great reminder of how fast technology is changing the electric power industry and the opportunities that will come with it.” Via MIT Technology Review Images via Ernesto Sanchez/Edison International

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Tesla just kicked off battery production at its massive Nevada Gigafactory

January 5, 2017 by  
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Tesla just took a big step towards realizing CEO Elon Musk’s vision of a sustainable energy future by kicking off the mass production of lithium-ion battery cells at its Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada. Tesla has set an ambitious target of eventually producing 150 GWh of lithium-ion battery cells annually – enough batteries to support up to 1.5 million electric vehicles. Tesla also plans on manufacturing as many as 500,000 cars per year before 2020. There are more than 400,000 pre-orders for the Model 3 so the demand is certainly there. The electric vehicle maker and clean energy storage company partnered with Panasonic to design, engineer and manufacture the “2170 battery cell” (21 millimeters in diameter and 70 millimeters in length). The 2170 cells that began production Wednesday will be used in Tesla’s Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2 energy products. The batteries for the Model 3 — the company’s first affordable EV, which is priced at $35,000 and expected to hit the assembly line this year — are set to start production in the second quarter. Tesla said that by 2018 the Gigafactory will produce 35 GWh/year of lithium-ion battery cells, “nearly as much as the rest of the entire world’s battery production combined.” The Gigafactory is being built in phases, with nearly 30 percent completed — a footprint of 1.9 million square feet. When the 10 million square foot structure is completed, Tesla expects it to be the biggest building in the world. A second Gigafactory is planned for Europe, with the location yet to be announced. Related: Panasonic investing $256M in Tesla’s Buffalo solar manufacturing plant While Musk has discussed how increasing automation will likely lead to a universal basic income for displaced workers, he is doing his part to create jobs. Tesla and Panasonic said they will hire several thousand employees this year and at peak production, the Gigafactory will employ 6,500 people and indirectly create another 20,000 to 30,000 jobs in the surrounding area. + Tesla + Panasonic Via Greentech Media Images via Tesla 1 , 2

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Elon Musk announces that Tesla will build a second Gigafactory in Europe

November 10, 2016 by  
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk just announced that the electric vehicle maker and clean energy storage company plans to build a second Gigafactory in Europe. Gigafactory 2 will manufacture both lithium-ion batteries and electric cars , while large-scale production of cars and batteries will also remain in the United States. Tesla also announced the acquisition of a German engineering group, Grohmann Engineering, in order to help boost its vehicle production. The exact location within in Europe will be determined next year. “This is something that we plan on exploring quite seriously with different locations for very large scale Tesla vehicles, and battery and powertrain production – essentially an integrated ‘Gigafactory 2’”, Musk said. “There’s no question that long-term Tesla will have at least one – and maybe two or three – vehicle and battery factory locations in Europe.” Related: Tesla reports first profit in two years, up nearly $22M for Q3 Musk said that Tesla is planning on scaling up the rate of electric vehicle production from 100,000 cars a year to 600,000 cars a year when the Model 3 is at volume production. The Model 3 is expected to hit the market in mid-2017. According to Musk, the Tesla Factory in Fremont can put out between 500,000 and a million electric vehicles per year while Gigafactory 1 meets demand for batteries and Tesla Energy products. Gigafactory 1, currently under construction near Sparks, Nevada, will produce batteries for the cars made at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. When completed, Gigafactory 1 will be the world’s largest building by physical area. The manufacturing plant will be net zero and carbon neutral, running on 100 percent renewable energy. Gigafactory 1 will produce battery cells, battery packs and drive units and is already producing the Powerpack 2 with the new Powerwall 2 coming off the assembly line soon. Tesla also announced the acquisition of a German engineering group, Grohmann Engineering, which will become Tesla Grohmann Automation. The new division will be called Tesla Advanced Automation Germany, with headquarters at Grohmann’s Prüm facilities. The deal is expected to add more than 1,000 advanced engineering and skilled technician jobs in Germany over the next two years. In a statement, Tesla said that “we are excited to have the Grohmann team join us in our goal of becoming the best manufacturer in the world to help accelerate the world’s progress to a sustainable energy future.” + Tesla Via Car Scoops Images via Tesla  and Wikimedia

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