In connection with the expansion of Tesla's Giga Berlin--to include construction of a battery factory--there are questions about the facility's water supply. Nevertheless, there is no reason for concern, because the company will manage with the reserve allocated for Phase 1 of Giga Berlin, according to sources from official circles.
Despite the fact that the Phase 1 water supply for Giga Berlin is secured, and the manufacturer does not mention a further future expansion, the issue of its water supply still serves as a topic for speculation and manipulation of public opinion. That is why there is an urgent need to clarify the details of the factory's water supply, after Tesla submitted a new plan to Giga Berlin, including a battery factory.
In September 2020, Tesla and the Strausberg-Erkner Water Association (WSE) entered into an agreement to provide up to 1.45 million cubic meters of water per year. However, it is worth noting that high consumption is only possible during peak periods, which is a rare event. This was explained by Tesla CEO Elon Musk last year. Since Tesla has already announced a plan to build a battery factory and submitted the relevant documents for approval--and more water for the factory can only be supplied in a few years--the question arises, is there enough water?
RBB24 reported it has learned from official circles that Tesla plans to supply both the car and battery plant with the previously approved amount of water. That is, the company is able to manage 1.45 million cubic meters of water per year for the entire Phase 1 of Giga Berlin. Experts point out that this is quite possible.
The production of battery cells uses significantly less water than the production of cars, says electrochemistry professor Jens Tübke. For example, in a car factory, a lot of water is required to paint and galvanize rust. But, in battery manufacturing, water can be reused, and so much less water is consumed. That is why, if the approved quota of 1.45 million cubic meters contains a buffer (and apparently it is there), the battery manufacturing plant may be supplied with that water. It is also worth noting that if there is still a shortage of water, then Tesla may temporarily reduce car production in order to provide water to the battery factory.
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