Originally published on CleanTechnica.
Originally published on Gas2.
Elon Musk has made it clear that the Gigafactory battery manufacturing facility in Nevada is just the first of many. In fact, right in the lobby is a sign that says “Gigafactory 1.” Musk says the world will need about 100 similar facilities to build the batteries it will need to replace all fossil fuels with clean renewable energy. Lithuania would like to be the site Musk chooses for Gigafactory 2. Local entrepreneur Vladas Lašas says the factory will cost about €5 billion and create 17,000 jobs directly and indirectly.
Lašas wrote a column recently in Verslo žinios, Lithuania’s principle business daily newspaper, asking people to come up with ways to get Musk’s attention so he would consider the country for the next Gigafactory. That column sparked a host of ideas. A Facebook group sprang up, government officials got involved, and a contest with a €1,000 prize was established.
60 young professionals divided themselves into 13 teams to brainstorm how to pitch their idea to Elon. One of those groups created a YouTube video that shows the new Gigafactory being build from the ground up using the computer program Minecraft. (Full disclosure: My 6 year old grandson is a passionate fan of Minecraft. After watching him play it for hours, I have no idea how it works. Maybe someday he will go to work for Elon.)
Calling it “a virtual replica of the world’s grandest manufacturing facility,” the simulation begins with little more than a production floor and grows and expands as cranes hoist building elements into place and structures rise in 3-D verticals. The assembly takes place amidst a whirlwind of computer generated chaos that turns into perfected architectural form. A roof of solar panels is gently placed to complete the first stage of the “construction.” The video took 35 hours to complete.
Apparently, the charm offensive is working. Elon is a master at using social media, especially Twitter and YouTube. On February 3, Tesla Motors tweeted:
Lithuania knows the way to our heart: a Gigafactory 2 pitch using Minecraft. https://t.co/V5COhmMkdu
— Tesla (@TeslaMotors) February 3, 2017
Yes, it’s true. The Tweet did not come from Elon himself, but it’s a safe bet that Musk is personally aware of everything that gets tweeted by @TeslaMotors. To paraphrase one of the most famous lines in cinema, you can almost imagine Elon walking side by side with Vladas Lašas and saying, “Vlad, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
Source: Teslarati Photo credit: YouTube
Reprinted with permission.
Reprinted with permission.