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Re: [TCML] Giant 13M Eye Candy
Greg Leyh wrote:
Yes, inflation would definitely be a factor. Guess about 50% over the
last 10 years?
Probably not that much (CPI 1998:CPI2008 is 1.3), although.. copper
prices are 4x what they used to be.
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
Of course, as a commercial operation, Jeff can't really rely on
volunteers, refurbishing old gear, etc. And so much of the coils that
most folks build has a goodly component of both of those.
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