September 29 –
October 2, 2019
2019 UEDA Summit Theme
Designing Resilient Regions: The Biggest Little Ideas for ALL Ecosystems
2019 Summit UEDA
Summit UEDA guests can enjoy fun within the region by joining us for one, or both of our scheduled tours. Explore the innovative Tesla Gigafactory or perambulate along Virginia City’s rich, historical streets. All tours subject to availability with limited capacity.
Summit add-ons are part of the regular registration process. When you register for our conference you will be able to add these event to your agenda at the time of registration.
Tuesday, October 2
9:00 am, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 is located in Sparks, Nevada, about a half hour east of Reno. The 5.8 million square foot factory for the Tesla car batteries, Powerwalls, and Powerpacks is currently under construction. Tours will last 1.5 hours with 45 minutes touring the external property and 45 minutes touring the internal property.
The Gigafactory was born out of necessity and will supply enough batteries to support Tesla’s projected demand. In mid-2018, battery production at Gigafactory 1 reached an annualized rate of roughly 20 GWh, making it the highest-volume battery plant in the world. Tesla currently produces more batteries in terms of kWh than all other carmakers combined. With the Gigafactory ramping up production, Tesla’s cost of battery cells will significantly decline through economies of scale, innovative manufacturing, reduction of waste, and the simple optimization of locating most manufacturing processes under one roof.
- The tour lasts about 75 minutes, mostly walking
- Visitors must wear long pants, comfortable closed toe shoes, and a shirt with sleeves (T shirts are fine)
- No pictures, video, or audio recording allowed
- Visitors 18 and older must provide photo ID and sign a visitor NDA
Welcome to Reno-Tahoe
A trip to Reno-Tahoe puts everything you could want – good food, arts and culture, outdoor adventures galore – at your fingertips. Grab a bike and cruise through Reno for some urban flavor, then take the short drive to Lake Tahoe for some fresh air.