Wednesday, Jan 4, Tesla has started producing batteries in its massive but energy-efficient Gigafactory, allowing the company to take a step forward in mass-producing electric vehicles.
Tesla Motors Gigafactory, $5 billion Musk’s machine will become the largest footprint building on Earth, The factory will produce cells, battery packs, energy storage products and vehicle components. Pack production capacity supports both of the production of about 500.000 cars and energy product lines (Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2), it will need to efficiently produce lithium ion batteries.
Tesla plans that the production capacity will be 105 GWh worth of cells and 150 GWh of battery packs for full production around 2020.
Tesla Motors Gigafactory located in Storey County, Nevada, in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center. Tesla expects the factory to employ 6,500 people and indirectly create an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 jobs in nearby regions.
“A machine that builds the machine”:
The Tesla Motors Gigafactory was created as an extremely automated, integrated system meant to be duplicated at other locations around the globe. The facility is highly adaptable to adapt improvements in energy storage chemistries and packaging configurations, with small stranded asset risk. Gigafactory is also scalable so that capital investments could be added as growing demand drives the need for further output.
Sustainability and scalability:
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has a vision of transforming Tesla into a clean energy company in the long run and aims to achieve net-zero energy in the future, with a combination of a 70 MW solar rooftop array and solar ground installations. All-electric allows for greater efficiency in the factory itself along with zero carbon emissions. A large portion of building heating is provided by waste heat recovered from production processes. Gigafactory’s closed-loop water supply system uses six different treatment systems to efficiently re-circulate about 1.5 million liters of water, representing an 80% reduction in fresh water usage compared with standard processes. Construction is underway for an on-site recycling facility that will safely reprocess all types of Tesla battery cells, modules, and packs, into various metal products for reuse in new cells. The factory will be decked out with a state-of-the-art recycling system and will provide recycling capability for old battery packs.
Elon Musk Tesla’s CEO said in November 2015 that the tesla is looking to build more Gigafactories in the future. and October 2016 Musk that the next one will be in Europe, but this time this factory would integrate car manufacturing, as well as battery production.
According to Elon Musk, It would take 100 Gigafactories to power the whole world, so the achievement of Musk’s plans can be a good thing for humanity.