By Raven Fon
Elon Musk’s Gigafactory is a sight to behold! At 5.8 million square feet, not only is this the biggest factory ever built, but it’s also the most ‘powerful’.
The original plan for the Gigafactory was that it would be formed by 4 modular blocks, but, because the Tesla company needs to produce more, they have increased the size to 7 modular blocks. What this means is that the Gigafactory will become the building with the largest area on Earth.
This project is remarkable, and the Tesla company is moving ahead with great speed.
Having the Gigafactory means that 6,500 people will gain employment and another 16,000 people could potentially be hired at a later point.
The Gigafactory is needed to produce the Tesla Energy Program, which the Powerwall is a part of.
The Powerwall system offers 10 kWh, and is directed at domestic consumers. It is complemented by an industrial system referred to as the Powerpack, which provides 100 kWh of storage, along with a stack of 100 such units to form a 10 megawatt hour storage unit, which can be used at the range of small electricity grids.
Elon Musk believes that the complete electric power grid of the United States could very well be replicated with only 160 million of these utility-scale energy storage units. Moreover, two billion of the utility-scale models would be able to provide storage of 20 trillion kWh – electric power for the world.
The Gigafactory also needs to build batteries for Musk’s electric cars, which I think we can all agree, are pretty f-ing cool.
At only 14% complete, there is still a massive undertaking left for finishing this building, but hopes are that it should be completed by 2018.
Check out this video from Wired for a look inside the elaborate Gigafactory, which already has some stuff in the works!