Latest Tesla Gigafactory Aerial Construction Video Update – August 2017

4 days ago by Mark Kane 23

Duncan Sinfield has released new aerial footage from the Tesla Gigafactory construction site recorded in August 2017.

Tesla Gigafactory August 2017 Aerial Construction Update – Duncan Sinfield

As you can see, eight big sections of the facility are now completed, and one smaller is currently under construction.

In November 2016, there was seven big sections, and most of them were under construction, so the progress over the past half year is significant.

The Gigafactory (aka Gigafactory 1) is to be the largest battery factory in the world, supplying cells and packs for:

  • Tesla Model 3,
  • energy storage systems – home Powerwall and industrial Powerpack

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23 responses to "Latest Tesla Gigafactory Aerial Construction Video Update – August 2017"

  1. Mikael says:

    It looks pretty finished at the moment. Like they will concentrate on doing all the work on the inside for a while.

    I wonder if we will see a full new external section starting to be built within the next year.

    1. ffbj says:

      There is a lot of stuff being staged there, so we probably will.

  2. Four Electrics says:

    If you look at Google’s satellite view of the area, you’ll find several complexes of similar size. However, those are split into multiple adjacent buildings, whereas Tesla has ganged everything into one mega building, possibly in search of world records, possibly because they didn’t initially envision building multiple products at the site.

    1. floydboy says:

      Do you ever stop with the nonsense?!

    2. jelloslug says:

      If you add up all the buildings in the area, they are WAY bigger than the Gigafactory. Take that Tesla.

  3. Someone out there says:

    There is a distinct lack of solar panels and windmills there.

    1. jelloslug says:

      They are not putting the solar panels on until the building is finished.

      1. TM says:

        Will they ever be totally finished?

      2. J L. Brown says:

        It seems a little strange to start installing production lines & making product before the building is done, and then waiting until the very end before putting on any solar at all.

        I think it is more likely that they will put solar panels on only after GF2 is producing them; but that then the GF1 will get panels very quickly, & on every otherwise finished bit of roof.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          It seems extremely unlikely that Tesla will use the expensive solar roof tiles from Tesla Energy, which are made to resemble slate, clay, or composite roof tiles, to provide power at Gigafactory 1. It would be much more cost-effective to use cheaper solar panels made for commercial or industrial buildings.

          1. Martin Winlow says:

            JLB’s point is probably valid given that GF2 won’t just be making tiles – it’s going to be making conventional panels, too.

            There is also a clue as to what future electricity generation is planned at 02:10 (bottom-centre) in the video – what looks like a big electricity substation with capacity for maybe 50-100MVA (just a wild guess!)?

            (A short bit of googling later…) Actually if you ‘do the math’, 6m’2 (the completed building’s footprint, apparently) equates to a peak output of about 100MW of PV…

      3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        As I understand it, Tesla has contracted to be provided with X amount of power from the local grid, and anything beyond that they must provide themselves with solar + wind power.

        My guess is they’re not going to start building wind farms and putting solar panels on the roof until they get close to actually needing them. But that’s merely speculation on my part.

        I don’t think the assertion that they’ll wait until the building is finished makes much sense. It’s not like they’re going to make significant changes to the roof as the building nears completion, so that can’t be the reason they’re not putting solar panels on the roof as they build each new section.

        And the wind farms are to be built in the adjacent hills, so there’s no logical reason to wait for the building to be completed to start building those, either.

        Furthermore, with all the mutually contradictory statements about how big the building will be when it’s completed, who could ever know when it will be “complete”? Tesla has bought up a lot of the surrounding land, and they could further expand the building any time they please.

        Bottom line: I expect Tesla will start putting in solar panels and wind farms when they think they need more electrical power than the local grid connection can easily provide, regardless of how much or how little of the planned “footprint” of Gigafactory 1 has been built out.

    2. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      “There is a distinct lack of solar panels and windmills there.”

      Why would they need that nonsense when they were able to secure low ball fossil fuel electricity rate from utility at the expense of other ratepayers?

      It is up to rich virtue-signaling greenwashers to order $100k solar roofs. Tesla is trying to do business here.

      1. Jk says:

        Or, they could just run a bio fuel line directly from your seemingly unlimited supply of horse s***. I imagine it’s renewable?

      2. Nom de Plume says:

        “Tesla is trying to do business here.”

        And it so happens one of their businesses is solar panels, so that ought to work out nicely, don’t you think?

    3. Ambulator says:

      Is the site even suitable for windmills? Unlike solar, it’s hard to tell without testing. There’s been plenty of time, so how is it going?

  4. TM says:

    I wonder if they can build the next one faster.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      The modular construction approach means they could build a similar mega-building much faster, if needed. Multiple sections could be built simultaneously if they need to go much faster.

      The main factors mandating how fast or slow the construction proceeds is how fast they need to ramp up production inside, and how much space the assembly lines take. What’s inside the building is far more important, and more expensive, than the shell that we see on the outside.

  5. Leon says:

    What I didn’t see was a railroad track. So after the battery packs are built they must go on a truck for at least a mile. I hope they aren’t planning to truck 500k packs a year to Fremont.

    How many packs could be loaded onto an 80 foot semi trailer? 20, 25, 30?

    Don’t think Tesla would truck battery packs too long before they decide they need to load railcars at the Gigafactory.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Yeah, I don’t understand why the spur line to connect to the local railroad has not been built yet. One of the reasons Tesla said it chose that location was the availability of a fairly direct railroad link between Gigafactory 1 and Tesla’s Fremont assembly plant.

      1. QCO says:

        The building is surrounded by so much construction crap, including materials storage, temporary buildings, loading bays and access scaffolding that building a permanent rail spur would likely disrupt progress.

        The rail spur will probably be built once a significant amount of the capital equipment goes in and one side of the building can be freed up for construction.

        In the meantime, everything comes and goes by truck.

  6. Mike_2301 says:

    Really miss PV-modules on Rooftop.
    There is sooo much Place for it but there´s nothing 🙁

    So where comes Energy from to charge the Batteries ? Wind power ?

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