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Supercharger - Baton Rouge, LA

smil3193

Owner (S85)
Apr 15, 2013
111
3
Baton Rouge, LA
Saturday, December 27 update. Work being done at the site despite the inclement weather. :smile:
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GravitySpec

Member
Sep 2, 2014
8
0
Muun
Man... this just makes me want to get one even more now, but financial reason dictates that I be patient and be one of the first to jump on the Model III. Waiting just sucks so much though. >_<
I may have to drive over there on the 1st and see if they are still working on the installation.
 

smil3193

Owner (S85)
Apr 15, 2013
111
3
Baton Rouge, LA
New Year's Day update

Happy New Year! I went to check the supercharger site this morning and was surprised to see them working on New Year's Day. They're serious about getting this done! Daytime photos for a change:

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purplewalt

Active Member
Jun 9, 2013
1,629
579
Dallas, Texas
Holy Smokes, looks like the Contractors are really flying.

Great recon work smil3193.

However, it appears like there is quite a way to go.
Still need a pad and a transformer.

Due to exposed rebar ends on the edges of the slab, it looks like this location will have CMU walls around the Supercharger cabinets.

Otherwise, rock on....
 

SW2Fiddler

We Are Cognitive Dissidents
Mar 19, 2014
2,362
3,247
Houston TX
Anyone have an idea why that third distribution cabinet is empty?

My idea is that the breakers are in there and don't require more room than the top half of the cabinet.

edit: Had a second idea, that there might be some solar gear for this site that needs to be fitted in there and is not ready yet. Not nearly as likely as my first idea, though! I'm leaning toward "the three (?) circuit breakers are big but don't need the entire box"
 
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Cottonwood

Roadster#433, Model S#S37
Feb 27, 2009
5,088
166
Colorado
My idea is that the breakers are in there and don't require more room than the top half of the cabinet.

edit: Had a second idea, that there might be some solar gear for this site that needs to be fitted in there and is not ready yet. Not nearly as likely as my first idea, though! I'm leaning toward "the three (?) circuit breakers are big but don't need the entire box"

The three bay Distribution Center is an off-the-shelf setup from Square-D/Schneider. Just a big, fancy, monitored, controllable circuit-breaker cabinet. Here is a picture of the 2000 Amp bus bars inside.

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And here is a picture of the service input. Those wires are 500 mcm and each wire has the equivalent copper of a bar 0.7 inches in diameter. This is what is needed for a 4-bay site. Add more 500 mcm cables per phase for larger sites.

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SW2Fiddler

We Are Cognitive Dissidents
Mar 19, 2014
2,362
3,247
Houston TX
I now want to take even more shots at the Columbus, TX SC, which is elevated - shows that connection from underneath:
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(and may be upside down from posting from iPhone)
 
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Cottonwood

Roadster#433, Model S#S37
Feb 27, 2009
5,088
166
Colorado
I now want to take some more shots at the Columbus SC, which is elevated - shows that connection from underneath:

From the installs that I have seen, it is a conduit per phase (and neutral) from the Utility Transformer and a conduit per Cabinet to the Supercharger Cabinets. At the Supercharger Cabinets, there is a single conduit for AC in from the Distribution Cabinets and 2 conduits out, one for each Charging pedestal.

Happy sleuthing!
 

SW2Fiddler

We Are Cognitive Dissidents
Mar 19, 2014
2,362
3,247
Houston TX
Is Columbus elevated because the area is prone to flooding?

Here's how much. The whole hotel and pool, except for parking, is up at that height.
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Also of note is an extra set of conduit for one additional charger and two stalls. :)

Before long, Model Ss will routinely see the Columbus TX and BR LA Superchargers on the same day...
 
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smil3193

Owner (S85)
Apr 15, 2013
111
3
Baton Rouge, LA
Saturday, January 3

It doesn't look a lot different but you can see cables have now been run to the individual stands. Picture is dark -- stormy weather moving in, they'll probably have to stop work for a while.
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smil3193

Owner (S85)
Apr 15, 2013
111
3
Baton Rouge, LA
Monday, 1/05/15

Here's how it looked at lunch today -- more like a supercharger station all the time! Power company there making connections, cabinets on 5 of the 6 stands, transformer in place (dark green, behind orange SkyTrak).
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