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Re: [TCML] Giant 13M Eye Candy

Hi Jim,

Yes, inflation would definitely be a factor. Guess about 50% over the last 10 years?

Fortunately, the last 10 years have also brought us significant advances in switching technology, greatly reducing the projected design cost [the original design used rotary gaps and supersonic-air static gaps.]

Also, there are notable 'economy of scale' factors in migrating towards larger power levels.

My current estimates put the NLL at just under $1/watt, in modern dollars. However folks with actual experience in planning large commercial projects feel the project will exceed $1.5/watt, although they've already shown amazement at how much lab capability and skilled resources have come to focus on this project through donations, refurbishing, and volunteer efforts. GL

Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 06:27:05 -0700
From: Jim Lux <jimlux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Greg Leyh wrote:
> Electrum came in at under $1/watt, delivered
> to New Zealand.  Now I feel like a chump!  ;)


I suspect, though, that it's not a linear scaling. More like size squared, with some serious step discontinuities as you move from tabletop, to garage sized, to only transportable with a truck, to only transportable in multiple trucks.

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