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Google tells me that 1g of Gallium costs $3 at current low-demand prices.

There are 454g in a pound, so one pound of Gallium costs $1362.

I don't know what the ratio of Al/Ga would be in this magic alloy, but assuming it's 10:1 in favour of Al - somewhat conservative - you're looking at a tank that costs $47,670 to make if there are 350 pounds of Al.

If it's 1:1 it's more like half a million.

Even at 100:1 you still have a tank that costs nearly $5,000.

This would make cars very, very valuable commodities - possibly even more so than they are now.

The press release doesn't specify the amount of gallium needed.

Maybe someone should call them and ask?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri May 18th, 2007 at 03:52:41 PM EST

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