Outside of First Building at Tesla GigaBerlin Factory is Mostly Done

The walls and roof for the first factory building at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Berlin are done. There appear to be four main buildings and several smaller ones. Tesla has published plans which show four main buildings and about eight smaller ones. SOURCES- Tesla, GigaBerlin Youtube Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com Brian WangBrian Wang is a …

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External Walls and Roof of Tesla Giga Berlin On Track for August Completion

Tesla is using large cranes to put pre-constructed wall and roof sections into place for the Gigafactory in Berlin. This appears to be on track to reach the completion of the outside building structure by the end of August. This would place the factory at about the June 2020 stage of Tesla Shanghai. There would …

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German Nuclear Phase Out Boosted Emissions by 5% and Caused Over 10,000 Deaths

Carnegie Mellon University, Berkeley and other researchers used hourly data on power plant operations and a novel machine learning framework to estimate how German electrical plants would have operated differently if the nuclear phase-out had not occurred. They found that the lost nuclear electricity production due to the phase-out was replaced primarily by coal-fired production …

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Germany Solar and Wind is Triple the Cost of France’s Nuclear and Will Last Half as Long

France’s nuclear energy spending was 60% of what Germany spent on renewables. France gets about 400 Terawatt hour per year from nuclear but Germany gets 226 Terawatt-hours each year. 45 Terawatt-hours of Germany’s renewable power comes from burning biomass which generates air pollution. Germany’s solar farms will have to be rebuilt every 15-25 years. The …

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Germany and UK Will Be in Recession if Third Quarter GDP Growth is Negative

Germany might have a recession in 2019. Commerzbank Chief Economist Joerg Kraemer and Kiel Institute economist Jens Boysen-Hogrefe agreed that while there is more pain to come for Germany’s manufacturing sector, the nation’s current construction boom would inhibit any government stimulus program. Germany’s second-quarter German GDP was negative and the third quarter we might see …

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Japan and German Emissions Went Up After Nuclear Shutdowns

Japan’s emissions went up after nuclear reactors were shutdown after Fukushima Tsunami. Germany’s emissions also went up for 3 out of four years after nuclear energy shutdowns. Following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Germany permanently shut down eight of its 17 reactors Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science …

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German Rheinmetall Makes Progress to 100-kilowatt Combat Lasers

Germany is making progress to 100-kilowatt military lasers. There were successful tests shooting down drones and mortar rounds. The next step will be to integrate a 20-kilowatt laser on an armored vehicle. Germany is about two years behind the US military laser program. US Army Has Been Tested 2 and 5 Kilowatt Lasers and is …

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Peter Zeihan Makes Bad Predictions With Bad Premises

Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist who specializes in global energy, demographics and security. He has been quoted in national and international media on a variety of geopolitical topics. He makes a prediction in the video below about the breakup China and collapse of Germany. He bases this prediction on the assertion that the world …

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Germany and California could made a faster move to 100% clean power by adding instead of removing nuclear power

California and Germany could have mostly or completely decarbonized their electricity if they have invested in nuclear power instead of solar and wind renewables. If Germany did not begin a nuclear power phase-out in 2011, then they would still have 131 Terawatt hours from nuclear power. Germany could have built forty-six 1.6 GW EPR reactors …

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France’s Nuclear Energy is Over Three Times Faster and Cheaper than Germany’s Solar and Wind

France completed construction on 76% of its current 58 reactors at an inflation-adjusted cost of $330 billion (€290 billion). The complete buildout of the 58 reactors was less €400 billion. Germany would need 50% more nuclear energy than France to completely replace all other power generation. This would cost €600 billion if Germany could match …

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