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Default MT: RM Power Plant - Fusion

I think I found something that may be errata for the TL 14 Fusion Power Plant.

I have a soft cover and an electronic copy of MT: RM both list the following characteristics for a TL 14 Fusion Power Plant.

Power Out = 3 MW
Weight = 3 tons
Price = 200,000 Cr
(Min) Volume = 0.100
Kl/Hour = 0.005
Scale Efficiency = 0.25 (I think this would be right)
1 unit

I checked with the latest Consolidated MT Errata document created by Don McKinney and found that there is a correction for kl/hour that changes 0.005 to 0.0045.

Power Out = 3 MW
Weight = 3 tons
Price = 200,000 Cr
(Min) Volume = 0.100
Kl/Hour = 0.0045
Scale Efficiency = 0.25
1 unit

I pulled out my copy of The Travellers' Digest #3 and Don McKinney's document for A MegaTraveller Starship Design Example. The Travellers' Digest article, on page 44, shows the following:
Base numbers:

Power Out = 3 MW
Weight = 3 tons
(Min) Volume = 1
Price = 200,000 Cr
Scale Efficiency = 3
100,000 units

Using the 100,000 units listed in the example changed the Scale Efficiency from 0.25 to 3.

Power Out = 3 MW
Weight = 3 tons
Price = 200,000 Cr
Volume = 0.1
Scale Efficiency = 3 (Based on power plant volume of 14+)
100,000 Units

However, there is a difference between the Travellers' Digest article which has Volume = 1 p. 44 and MT: RM p. 64 which shows the volume as 0.1. I checked again in the Consolidated MT Errata document to see if I missed anything stating that the Min Volume needed to be changed from 0.1 to 1. No luck so I ran the numbers anyway.

Power Out = 100,000 x 3 x 3 = 900,000 (a match to the article)
Weight = 100,000 x 3 = 300,000 tons (looking good)
Volume = 100,000 x 0.1 = 10,000 kl (nuts my number doesn't march)
Volume = 100,000 x 1 = 100,000 kl
Price = 100,000 x 200,000 = 20,000,000,000 CR (back on track)

Have I totally misunderstood what Min Volume means?
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