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    The Tesla Battery Heralds The Beginning Of The End For Fossil Fuels

    End of fossil fuels cannot come soon enough. Btw, credit should be given to Elon Musk. He is pioneer & has released all of Tesla pattens so people can build and create things w/o someone looking to make money.


    The Tesla Battery Heralds The Beginning Of The End For Fossil Fuels | IFLScience

    The Tesla Battery Heralds The Beginning Of The End For Fossil Fuels

    May 5, 2015 | by John Mathews
    Photo credit: Amid the fanfare over the launch of the Powerwall, has Tesla’s Elon Musk struck a decisive blow for renewable energy? YouTube/Tesla Motors

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    While wind and solar power have made great strides in recent years, with renewables now accounting for 22% of electric energy generated, the issue that has held them back has been their transience. The sun doesn’t shine at night and the wind doesn’t blow year-round – these are the mantras of all those opposed to the progress of renewables.

    Now the renewable power billionaire Elon Musk has just blown away that final defence. Last Thursday in California he introduced to the world his sleek new Powerwall – a wall-mounted energy storage unit that can hold 10 kilowatt hours of electric energy, and deliver it at an average of 2 kilowatts, all for US$3,500.

    That translates into an electricity price (taking into account installation costs and inverters) of around US$500 per kWh – less than half current costs, as estimated by Deutsche Bank.

    That translates into delivered energy at around 6 cents per kWh for the householder, meaning that a domestic system plus storage would still come out ahead of coal-fired power delivered through the conventional grid.

    What’s more, Musk is going to manufacture the batteries in the United States, at the “gigafactory” he is building just over the border from California in Nevada. He is not waiting for some totally new technology, but is scaling up the tried and tested lithium-ion battery that he is already using for his electric vehicles.

    Not just for homes

    Now the fossil fuel companies – from fuel suppliers such as coal miners to coal-burning electric power utilities – will be on the defensive, fighting the new normal of cheaper renewable supplies and storage. Instead of asking “can we have our own energy system?” communities will be asking “why can’t we have it?”

    The Tesla Energy system launched last week is comprehensive, with global ramifications. The Powerwall system offering 10 kWh is targeted at domestic users. It is complemented by a commercial system termed the Powerpack offering 100 kWh storage, and a stack of 100 such units to form a 10 megawatt hour storage unit that can be used at the scale of small electricity grids.

    Whole communities could build micro-grid power supply systems around such a 10 MWh energy storage system, fed by renewable energy generation (wind power or rooftop solar power), at costs that just became super-competitive.

    At his launch last week, Musk maintained that the entire electric power grid of the US could be replicated with just 160 million of these utility-scale energy storage units. And two billion of the utility-scale units could provide storage of 20 trillion kWh – electric power for the world.

    The revolution begins

    It is instructive to put these numbers in context. There are already around 2 billion cars and commercial vehicles on the world’s roads, and nearly 100 million new vehicles are being added every year.

    If it’s feasible to build these exhaust-pumping complex machines, it’s certainly feasible to build the storage units that will help to make them unnecessary. What’s more, Elon Musk has just announced that he intends to do so.

    Musk is a Henry Ford-style figure who takes others’ innovations and scales them up, taking the breathtaking entrepreneurial leaps that others can only dream about. Suddenly the world of renewable energy just moved to become the new normal – because when combined with cost-effective storage it becomes unbeatable.

    Musk will not be alone. Already China is gearing up to be the world’s renewable energy superpower, with the largest installed base of wind power and probably by this year the world’s largest installed base of solar photovoltaic (PV) power, as well as by far the world’s largest manufacturing system for wind turbines and solar photovoltaic cells.

    There are already Chinese companies such as BYD producing their own energy storage units based on lithium ion technology for both domestic and commercial usage – although not as sleek nor as cheap as the new Tesla offering.

    But give them time and they will be producing at comparable scale and cost, or bettering it. This is capitalist competition – and its propagation is what makes Tesla’s announcement the start of the real renewables revolution.
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    Good find.
    Why isn't the Dividend story among the featured threads?

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      Now watch how this affects the Geo-politics. Exciting times ahead!

      To Be Willing to March Into Hell For A Heavenly Cause.....
      - The Impossible Dream, Man From La Mancha

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        oh this dude...
        how did his tesla car project turned out ? l
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          Re: The Tesla Battery Heralds The Beginning Of The End For Fossil Fuels

          Elon Musk is gonna be one of the most innovative person of this century. He is laying the ground work for all future technological advancements.
          Life is not happening to you. Life is responding to you.

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            Re: The Tesla Battery Heralds The Beginning Of The End For Fossil Fuels

            Umm not really. Aside from rich white california, can you see electric stations and people having money to buy Teslas?

            You would need something renewable like solar cells which would have to be paired with gasoline engines for the time being. This way you can surpass CAFE standards and any dent for increasing fuel efficiency across the board in machinery would be felt across the world.
            Say no to 'islamofascism'..

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              Re: The Tesla Battery Heralds The Beginning Of The End For Fossil Fuels

              Originally posted by Doppleganger View Post
              Umm not really. Aside from rich white california, can you see electric stations and people having money to buy Teslas?

              You would need something renewable like solar cells which would have to be paired with gasoline engines for the time being. This way you can surpass CAFE standards and any dent for increasing fuel efficiency across the board in machinery would be felt across the world.
              I see a lot of Teslas in Toronto. Far more Teslas than other cars in the same price bracket.
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                Not to be condescending to the canucks, though I would be in a moment, but you guys really don't matter at all here.

                California alone with could probably dwarf you guys. You guys are only important when economies of scale have worked in the US and we get extra sales in canadistan. Canada alone won't be able to make the cars cheap.
                Say no to 'islamofascism'..

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                  Re: The Tesla Battery Heralds The Beginning Of The End For Fossil Fuels

                  Well the Tesla model S outsold other popular established luxury cars like BMW 7 series and lexus LS for a couple of years, so they are clearly here but yes, luxury segment only for now. Still impressive arrival. Enough to have the crappy auto manufacturers lobby of michigan and some other states get their chamchas to pass laws banning the sale of teslas in their states.

                  But this is about the battery. and it is certainly a very disruptive technology. Why would anyone buy a noisy smelly generator unit when they can simply have a concealed battery and solar panels or a wind or water turbine? This will be a big stepping stone unless once again the fossil fuel lobby gets its way with the lawmakers.
                  Simple ain't easy.

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                    Re: The Tesla Battery Heralds The Beginning Of The End For Fossil Fuels

                    Battery powered cars make sense as we get more renewable penetration. The renewable portfolio standards (RPS) require each state to generate a certain percentage if it's electricity thru renewables (not all states have RPS I think).

                    So renewables penetration and BEVs go hand in hand.

                    The battery cells are a commodity. With low barrier to entry. Not sure how Tesla can be profitable. But that's a good thing for the buyer.
                    Why isn't the Dividend story among the featured threads?

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                      Re: The Tesla Battery Heralds The Beginning Of The End For Fossil Fuels

                      The battery technology is the most exciting part. Teslas will remain in the luxury realm, for now. But the battery technology will become ubiquitous. Generating power in one location, and building vast distribution networks, maintaining them for decades, they are all in our electric bills. There is a tipping point in near future, that will change the whole dynamic of the energy industry.

                      To Be Willing to March Into Hell For A Heavenly Cause.....
                      - The Impossible Dream, Man From La Mancha

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                        #12
                        Although electric cars are the future, however Tesla is not that future. The company is over-hyped and its cars have well documented quality issues.

                        Here is an angry owner in Finland who blew up his Tesla Model S with a dummy of Elon Musk inside. He was told to pay € 20,000/= for battery replacement:

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