Geometrical scaling refers to the relationship between the geometry of a technology, its scale, and the physical laws that govern it. This chapter, which focuses on geometrical scaling as a method of achieving improvements in a technology's cost and performance, uses data on cost versus scale, and the fact that the scales of some technologies were dramatically increased or decreased over time to show the potential benefits from geometrical scaling. It details these benefits for four types of technologies: (1) production equipment; (2) energy systems; (3) transportation equipment; and (4) electronics.
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