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Old 04-04-2019, 10:23 AM   #5523 (permalink)
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They have other people's money to do it with.
Let's say they do it and tesla builds the battery for $100 per kwh.
Each megawatt hour is going to cost $100,000.
A typical combined cycle gas turbine power plant could be 400 mega watts.
So for every 40 million dollars in battery you buy it can replace 1 hour of plant operations. But you should probably buy at least 50 million dollars of battery so you don't run it from 100% to dead, if that happens all the time the battery will only last a few years.

Plus it says those natural gas power plants were built in the 1970s and had reached the end of their life. So they weren't even combined cycle.
Bet that $90,000,000 battery will have to be replaced at least twice in 50 years.
At least the solar panels should still have some capacity left after 50 years.
1984 chevy suburban, custom made 6.5L diesel turbocharged with a Garrett T76 and Holset HE351VE, 22:1 compression 13psi of intercooled boost.
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