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Tesla plant shut down temporarily due to downed high voltage power line

Discussion in 'News' started by yobigd20, Aug 14, 2015.

  1. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

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  2. AnOutsider

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    Moved it for ya.
     
  3. yobigd20

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    sweet, thanks.

    also from the one link it sounds like the line was brought down ON TOP of the factory though thats not exactly clear. dunno if that implies there might be some damage

     
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    I don't think there are any major power lines that run above the factory, that would be very unusual. I think it just means that there was no power going into the factory because the lines were down somewhere else.
     
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    Man, that woulda been a great showcase for their onsite battery units.... have them come online and keep the factory up whilst they wait for power to be restored...
     
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    So some of the news stories included this photo:
    teslamain.PNG

    So I opened up Google maps to look for an area next to the factory which had similar shipping containers, and striping on the parking lot and found this:
    powerl1.png

    You can see a power transmission tower, and the shadow of said tower including shadow of power lines heading towards the factory buildings.
    It looks like the power lines terminate in some sort of distribution yard next to the factory and then conduits go into the various buildings.
    So, I suspect that the lines didn't literally land right on the roof of a factory building, but rather fell onto the property next to the buildings.

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    From a youtube factory drone flyover ( Tesla Factory by Drone in 4K - YouTube ) with power line routing shown in orange:
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    - - - Updated - - -

    Even more specifically matching the original photo:
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    Perhaps, ironically, I think the big yellow box next to the building might be a diesel backup generator.

    I am assuming that they probably don't have enough battery storage and backup generators to actually run the whole factory when the grid power is down.
     
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    Saw this today, had to share it.
    ~L
     
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    The plant has batteries in house. This is a little like a short term zombie apocalypse. Time to test battery standby to run equipment.
     
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    Gee, I wonder why... :rolleyes:
     
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    I guess that means another day of waiting. I was checking today for mine to change to being built. I hate this waiting!
     
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    Wow, good research. Looks like this is exactly the place.


     
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    TEG ought to be working for the CIA analyzing spy photos.

    Hopefully Tesla will have a "make-up" shift scheduled (or lengthen a few day's shifts) so this doesn't hurt their quarterly numbers.
     
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    If they were building some Asia or Euro cars now - they won't get delivered by 9/30 anyway. So, it depends on what was on the line going through. Could be a general mix of US and Euro that "could" make it by 9/30.
     
  16. Todd Burch

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    True, but a day lost is a day lost, regardless of when the cars are delivered. Tesla's at a point where they need to start putting up big production numbers. Thus far they've been unable to do that.
     
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    I wonder if they have power restored yet.
     
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    Nope. I just stopped there to charge my Roadster and no power on the property. They're hoping it will be back on shortly. But the place is pretty deserted in comparison to how it usually is on a Saturday.

    So I begged a charge over at the Fairmont San Jose, even though it's supposed to just be for guests.
     
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    I hope that crane operator has really good insurance. ;)
     
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    Where's the backup generator or batteries?
     

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