Here’s what the first Tesla Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada looks like through the lens of a video drone. The video was shot in 4k ultra high-definition video giving us all an impressive high-resolution view of the construction site.
As you can see, construction on the Tesla Energy 1000-acre lithium-ion manufacturing and reprocessing facility, dubbed Gigafactoy 1, is well under way. Elon Musk has viewed the video himself and comments that it shows only a “Pilot Plant” that is 25% of the finished Gigafactory. That should give you some idea of just how big this facility is going to be.
According to the Tesla website, the name Gigafactory comes from the factory’s planned annual battery production capacity of 35 gigawatt-hours (GWh). “Giga” is a unit of measurement that represents “billions”. One GWh is the equivalent of generating (or consuming) one billion watts for one hour—one million times that of one kWh.
The video was posted on YouTube last week by YouTuber QuickLaptopCash. The poster says “to ensure safety this video was recorded while no workers were present and from over one mile away with a DJI Phantom 3 Professional Drone utilising GPS.”
Thanks for the great video QuickLaptopCash!
This is not the full Gigafactory, it is just the pilot plant (1/4 size) https://t.co/gz2EmJkYtm
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 19, 2015