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A factory needs power, and power needs a generator. In comes the biomass generator, cleaning up your lawn, and building a better world in one fell swoop!
~ Caterina Parks's assistant Steve

The Biomass Burner is a power generator building that generates power by burning various biomass items. These materials can be gathered from trees, shrubs, and most flora and fauna found in the world. Later these raw materials can be refined into Biomass and Solid Biofuel for higher fuel efficiency.

A standalone Biomass Burner produces 30 MW at 100% clock speed. The HUB has up to two different, smaller Biomass Burners attached to it, added by completing HUB Upgrades 1 and 5 respectively. These Biomass Burners only produce 20 MW, but also burn fuel 1.5 times slower.

The fuel consumption of Biomass Burners scales to power demand, unlike other generators. This also renders them unable to charge Power Storages.

Usage[]

Fuel consumption[]

Energy is given in MJ. 1 MJ provides 1 MW of power for one second or 30 MW of power (1 Biomass Burner at 100% load) for 0.033 seconds.

Fuel consumption
Fuel Type Fuel Value
(MJ)
Biomass
Burner

(30 MW)
Coal
Generator

(75 MW)
Fuel
Generator

(150 MW)
Nuclear
Power
Plant

(2500 MW)
Cyber
Wagon

(150 MW)
Tractor
(55 MW)
Truck
(75 MW)
Explorer
(90 MW)
Chainsaw
(75 MW)
Jetpack
(250 MW)
Leaves Leaves 15 0.50s - - - 0.10s 0.27s 0.2s 0.17s - -
Wood Wood 100 3.33s - - - 0.67s 1.82s 1.33s 1.11s - -
Mycelia Mycelia 20 0.67s - - - 0.13s 0.36s 0.27s 0.22s - -
Hog Remains Hog Remains 250 8.33s - - - 1.67s 4.55s 3.33s 2.78s - -
Plasma Spitter Remains Plasma Spitter Remains 250 8.33s - - - 1.67s 4.55s 3.33s 2.78s - -
Stinger Remains Stinger Remains 250 8.33s - - - 1.67s 4.55s 3.33s 2.78s - -
Hatcher Remains Hatcher Remains 250 8.33s - - - 1.67s 4.55s 3.33s 2.78s - -
Flower Petals Flower Petals 100 3.33s - - - 0.67s 1.82s 1.33s 1.11s - -
Color Cartridge Color Cartridge 900 - - - - 6.00s 16.36s 12.00s 10.00s - -
Fabric Fabric 15 0.50s - - - 0.10s 0.27s 0.20s 0.17s - -
Biomass Biomass 180 6.00s - - - 1.20s 3.27s 2.40s 2.00s - -
Solid Biofuel Solid Biofuel 450 15.00s - - - 3.00s 8.18s 6.00s 5.00s 6.00s -
Liquid Biofuel Liquid Biofuel 750 - - 5.00s - - - - - - -
Packaged Liquid Biofuel Packaged Liquid Biofuel 750 25.00s - - - 5.00s 13.64s 10.00s 8.33s - -
Coal Coal 300 - 4.00s - - 2.00s 5.45s 4.00s 3.33s - -
Compacted Coal Compacted Coal 630 - 8.40s - - 4.20s 11.45s 8.40s 7.00s - -
Petroleum Coke Petroleum Coke 180 - 2.40s - - 1.20s 3.27s 2.40s 2.00s - -
Fuel Fuel 750 - - 5.00s - - - - - - -
Packaged Fuel Packaged Fuel 750 - - - - 5.00s 13.64s 10.00s 8.33s - 3.00s
Turbofuel Turbofuel 2000 - - 13.33s - - - - - - -
Packaged Turbofuel Packaged Turbofuel 2000 - - - - 13.33s 36.36s 26.67s 22.22s - -
Packaged Heavy Oil Residue Packaged Heavy Oil Residue 400 - - - - 2.67s 7.27s 5.33s 4.44s - -
Packaged Oil Packaged Oil 320 - - - - 2.13s 5.82s 4.27s 3.56s - -
Battery Battery 6000 - - - - 40.00s 109.00s
(1m 49s)
80.00s
(1m 20.00s)
66.70s
(1m 6.70s)
- -
Uranium Fuel Rod Uranium Fuel Rod 750000 - - - 300.00s
(5m)
5000.00s
(1h 23m 20s)
13636.00s
(3h 47m 16s)
10000.00s
(2h 46m 40s)
8333.00s
(2h 18m 53s)
- -
Plutonium Fuel Rod Plutonium Fuel Rod 1500000 - - - 600.00s
(10m)
10000.00s
(2h 46m 40s)
27272.00s
(7h 34m 32s)
20000.00s
(5h 33m 20s)
16666.00s
(4h 37m 46s)
- -

Unlike other fuel-burning generators, if power consumption is not 100%, the resource consumption is automatically lowered, meaning each fuel item burns for a longer time.

Conversion[]

Most fuel types can be crafted into a higher tier fuel type, increasing their energy.

  • Input energy: Refers to the total energy of the items that go into one crafting process
  • Output energy: Refers to the total energy of the items that come out of one crafting process
  • Energy multiplier: How much energy is gained by crafting it into the next tier item.
Input Fuel Input energy (MJ) Output fuel Output energy (MJ) Energy multiplier
10 × Leaves 150 5 × Biomass 900 6
4 × Wood 400 20 × Biomass 3600 9
10 × Mycelia 200 10 × Biomass 1800 9
1 × Alien Remains 250 100 × Biomass 18,000 72
8 × Biomass 1,440 4 × Solid Biofuel 1800 1.25

For comparison, it is possible to convert Biomass and Wood into Coal for use in a Coal Generator Coal Generator, and Solid Biofuel into Liquid Biofuel for use in a Fuel Generator Fuel Generator. Liquid Biofuel can further be processed into Packaged Liquid Biofuel for use in a Biomass Burner or vehicle.

Input Fuel Input energy (MJ) Output fuel Output energy (MJ) Energy multiplier Alternate Recipe
5 × Biomass 900 6 × Coal 1800 2 Biocoal
1 × Wood 100 10 × Coal 3000 30 Charcoal
6 × Solid Biofuel 2700 4 × Liquid Biofuel 3000 1.1 Liquid Biofuel

Semi-automation[]

Biomass Power can be semi-automated by automating the crafting of Biomass or Solid Biofuel, while the collection of Leaves or Woods and the refueling of Biomass Burners must be done manually.

Each Constructor crafting the following recipe can be used to sustain the following number of Biomass Burners:

Recipe Number of
Biomass Burners supported
Biomass (Leaves) 6 (3)
Biomass (Wood) 30 (6)
Solid Biofuel 15

The values in brackets are limits due to the throughput of Mk.1 Conveyors.

Overclocking[]

Main article: Clock speed

The Biomass Burner can be overclocked using Power Shards. Overclocking increases the fuel (and Water) consumption rate and produced power linearly. The same amount of power is always produced from the same input resources.

Tips[]

  • The Biomass Burner, like all power generating buildings, behaves differently from other buildings when overclocked. See Clock Speed for more info.
  • Building more Biomass Burners than necessary means the fuel consumption will be split among all of them, therefore all of them will have to be refuelled less frequently.
    • It cannot charge a Power Storage because Power Storage is not a power consumer. However, building multiple Biomass Burners will act like a group of Power Storage due to their automatic throttling.
    • This is especially useful for powering outposts at the very early stage, before either long power grids or railways are practical.
  • The serial number of the Biomass Burner is "810-M455-GEN", which could be read as "Biomass Gen".[1]

Gallery[]

History[]

  • Patch 0.3.3.0:
    • Production time tooltip should now display correctly on Generators
    • Power Shards can now properly be inserted in Generators
  • Patch 0.2.1.13: Fixed issue with biomass burner not rendering at times
  • Patch 0.1.8: Biomass burners now show the correct name in their menu
  • Patch Closed Alpha 3: Moved Biomass Burner from Tier 1-1 to HUB Upgrade 5
  • Patch Closed Alpha 2: Generators now display their stats in the Generator Menu.

See also[]


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