Tesla Tuesday

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The new Tesla Motors factory being built outside Sparks, Nev., was already on tap to produce 500,000 electric car batteries and become the largest battery factory in the world when chief executive Elon Musk announced last month it would also produce the potentially revolutionary home battery, the Powerwall.

Its biggest energy boost, however, could be to Nevada’s economy, with the state estimating a $100 billion impact over the next 20 years.

That’s a lot of battery power.

But that’s what Musk had in mind when he co-founded Tesla as an electric car company. And with last month’s unveiling of the Powerwall, the company has built another technology to hasten the clean energy economy. The Powerwall is designed to store solar-panel-generated energy for homes and businesses. The smallest version is about the length and width of a mini-fridge. It is designed to store 7 kilowatt-hours a day that can be released after the sun goes down and will cost $3,000. An average U.S. home uses about 30 kilowatt-hours daily.

A few weeks after its unveiling, Musk said the Powerwall had already sold out through mid-2016.

@ INSIDE CLIMATE NEWS

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22 Responses to Tesla Tuesday

  1. Den says:

    The first big step into the realm of off the grid technology, cool.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      That’s a lot of sellout.

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      • Den says:

        Sellout? Implementing these systems will reduce our coal and nuclear consumption, that is bad because…

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        • David B. Benson says:

          Unit is sold out for a year.

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        • David B. Benson says:

          Nothing wrong with nuclear power. No CO2.

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        • Den says:

          Oh, I misunderstood.
          My personal objection with NE is the waste disposal issue, and that is a BIG issue that will not get smaller, quite to the contrary, it will get BIGGER as time goes on and waste continues to be produced.
          Overall it is best to throttle back on both nuclear and coal saving natural gas for last.
          IMHO

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  2. º¿carol says:

    Yesterday, A/C on most of the day. Today? Furnace this morning. Been quite cool after the sweltering day we had yesterday. I needed to mow but didn’t bother.

    We sat in our new car with all the books, figuring out all the buttons. *sigh* Well, after gaining some understanding of how to run the climate system, the radio and the GPS, the car isn’t quit so scary now. Buttons pretty much work as in all cars, just gussied up a bit.

    Then Bob drove us to town so I could run into the video store, Tuesday dollar day.

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  3. º¿carol says:

    Read about another bad thing to do with the TPP. It said after 10 years something would kick in where our politicians will be able to take money out of Medicare to help displaced workers that will be displaced because of the TPP. Yup, sounds reasonable to me.

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  4. º¿carol says:

    I see L.A. is about to raise the minimum wage to $15. Well, our wonderful republicans in Lansing are trying to pass a bill that will make it illegal for any city, village or township in Michigan to pass a law raising the minimum wage in their town, or making any deals with businesses, or decreeing paid sick days, you know how it goes. They don’t want the little guy to have anything that may lift them up.

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    • Den says:

      Like the Idiot leaders in Texas passing legislation to ban ‘fracking-ban’ local laws.
      Legislating anti-protection law, greedy idiots @ work.
      Knowledgeable voters needed badly to kick these fascists to the curb.

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      • º¿carol says:

        They’re also passing laws where if a peasant spots pollution, they could be arrested for spotting it and trying to make a report about it to anyone. Probably 5 years in jail for ratting out a polluter. Polluting is ok, stopping it VERY bad.

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      • º¿carol says:

        Oklahoma acknowledged the theory as fact, that fracking in their state was causing a huge increase in earthquakes, record quakes. Right after they agreed with the scientists that fracking was bad, they passed a law banning any community from banning fracking.

        These things are such head scratchers! I just don’t understand the bassackwardness of the American People. We’re idiots to let this crazy shit go on.

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    The once-through uranium oxide pins still contain the vast majority of the releaasable energy. So put the pins, reformultated, in a fast reactor to use it up. That includes all the depleted uranium, all the plutonium, all the natural uranium and, in principle, all the thorium. The stuff is not waste.

    The actual waste from a fast reactor is a smaller volume of materials which are radioacdtive enough that one keeps those wastes away from the environment for 300 years. Easy enough to do.

    Extracting and piping natgas releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Burning the natgas of course creates CO2. Natgas isn’t as horrible as coal, just bad.

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  6. David B. Benson says:

    Nice sunset.

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  7. Den says:

    When one figures upfront construction costs and spent fuel disposal costs, it is a lot of money swapping hands for a few Gigawatts of energy.

    A toned-down form of NE is needed, smaller, less costly, less hazardous.
    They are available in compact form, I published an article on them a couple years back.
    Right now there is too much money in NE, bypassing efficient and safer systems.

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    • Den says:

      Per Wiki: “One of the big problems with nuclear power is the enormous upfront cost. These reactors are extremely expensive to build. While the returns may be very great, they’re also very slow. It can sometimes take decades to recoup initial costs. Since many investors have a short attention span, they don’t like to wait that long for their investment to pay off.”

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