If Tesla’s Gigafactory can run on 100% renewable energy, why can’t others?
Tesla's Gigafactory, the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory, is expected to generate as much renewable energy as it needs to operate -- and then some.
Last week, Tesla announced it would build the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory outside of Reno, Nevada.
Using what Gigafactoy cals conservative estimates, a trifecta of renewable energy sources could generate more than 2,900MWh of renewable electricity daily, which amounts to 20% more than it needs, according to Tom Lombardo, a professor of engineering and technology at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Ill.
"These are conservative estimates on production and worst-case estimates on consumption, and it's clear that there's enough renewable energy to run the plant with some to spare," Lombardo wrote in a recent
Sep 10, 2014