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  •  The accelerator costs $20 billion. (3+ / 0-)

    I'll be optimistic and say the rest of the power plant would cost $1000/KW.  That gives you a total of $70 billion.  And it would take over ten years to build.  And if it's like the HLC it will run around one year and then require a year's maintenance.

    Pretty sure we're not going to see a demo plant with those numbers.

    •  I'm wondering (0+ / 0-)

      ...if we could use the infrastructure developed for the Superconducting SuperCollider in Texas, which was abandoned before completion.  Probably not, but...

      America, we can do better than this...

      by Randomfactor on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 01:05:18 PM PST

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    •  I should have been more clear.... (0+ / 0-)

      TJ, thanks.  I should have been more clear that the cost of the accelerator ($20 billion) doesn't include everything else needed to make energy products.  The pellet chambers, for example, are estimated to be around $2 billion each, so that's another $20 billion right there.  So maybe $90 billion is a better number.    I don't believe in low-balling, since I know (strongly believe) this technology can make energy out the wazoo.

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