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Originally Posted by The_Punisher View Post
Startup costs for production aside, I wonder how the price of this compares to silicon.
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You can't ignore startup costs if you want to know the price....


To get this to mass production, we're talking at least tens of billions.

Even before the first commercial unit gets produced, there will need be hundreds of millions in R&D, manufacturing, validation, etc.
Yeah, you can't ignore the development costs...

Even if you do ignore it (which you shouldn't), then molybdenite is a lot more expensive than silicon. For comparison, pure silicon costs between $1-2 per pound. Pure molybdenum is around $30 per pound. Admittedly, for this application you wouldn't need to de-sulfur the ore, so you might be looking at a few bucks less a pound.
post #22 of 22
Yup, one of the main advantages of silicon is that you can basically just scoop it up off the ground.
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