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Fuel Generator
Fuel Generator.png
Consumes Fuel to generate electricity for the power grid.
Has a Pipe input so the Fuel supply can be automated.
Caution: Always generates at the set clockspeed. Shuts down if fuel requirements are not met.
Unlocked at Tier 6 - Expanded Power Infrastructure
Category Power
Subcategory Generators
Power Generated 150 MW
Fuel Fuel, Liquid Biofuel, Turbofuel
Overclockable Yes
Inputs 1 Pipeline
Dimensions (Area 400 m2)
Width 20 m
Length 20 m
Height 27 m
Required items
Computer.png
5
Heavy Modular Frame.png
10
Motor.png
15
Rubber.png
50
Quickwire.png
50

The Fuel Generator is a power generator building that generates power by burning  Fuel,  Turbofuel or  Liquid Biofuel.

One Fuel Generator produces 150 MW at 100% clock speed.

Fuel energy values[]

 Fuel (750 MJ/m3)[]

Clock speed Burn time (sec) Fluid per minute Output MW
100% 5 12 m3 150
150% 3.66 16.39 m3 204.9
200% 2.93 20.45 m3 255.7
250% 2.47 24.28 m3 303.5

Note: Italic values are based on calculations and not actual in game values.

 Liquid Biofuel (750 MJ/m3)[]

Clock speed Burn time (sec) Fluid per minute
100% 5 12 m3
150% 3.66 16.4 m3
200% 2.93 20.48 m3
250% 2.47 24.32 m3

 Turbofuel (2,000 MJ/m3)[]

Clock speed Burn time (sec) Fluid per minute
100% 13.333 4.5 m3
150% 9.76 6.1 m3
200% 7.82 7.7 m3
250% 6.58 9.1 m3

Generators per node[]

A single Crude Oil node, using only the original Crude Oil to Fuel recipe, can support the following number of Fuel Generators operating at peak capacity (fractional amounts of machines mean that the clock speed of the last machine needs to be adjusted for maximum efficiency):

Node
purity
Crude Oil/min Refineries Fuel/min Polymer Resin
byproduct/min
Number of
Fuel Generators
Gross power output*
Impure 60 m3 1 40 m3 30 3.333 500 MW
Normal 120 m3 2 80 m3 60 6.667 1000 MW
Pure 240 m3 4 160 m3 120 13.333 2000 MW
Overclock to 150 m3** 150 m3 2.5 100 m3 75 8.333 1250 MW
Overclock to 300 m3*** 300 m3 5 200 m3 150 16.667 2500 MW
Overclock to 600 m3**** 600 m3 10 400 m3 300 33.333 5000 MW
  • * Net power capacity is less due to the Oil Extractor and Refineries consuming power
  • ** This is either an impure node at 250% or normal at 125%
  • *** This is either a normal node at 250% or pure at 125%, the limit of Mk.1 Pipelines
  • **** This is a pure node at 250%, the limit of Mk.2 Pipelines

Fuel production can be greatly expanded by making use of alt Diluted (Packaged) Fuel, even more when combined with alt Heavy Oil Residue. Using both of these recipes together exactly quadruples Fuel production, at the cost of adding 2.667 Blenders and 1 Water Extractor per 10 Fuel Generators.

Node purity Crude Oil/min Heavy Oil Residue Refineries Heavy Oil Residue/min Polymer Resin byproduct/min Water Extractors Fuel Blenders Fuel/min Number of Fuel Generators Gross power output
Impure 60 m3 2 80 40 1.333 1.6 160 13.333 2 GW
Normal 120 m3 4 160 80 2.667 3.2 320 26.667 4 GW
Pure 240 m3 8 320 160 5.333 6.4 640* 53.333 8 GW
Overclock to 150 m3 150 m3 5 200 100 3.333 4 400 33.333 5 GW
Overclock to 300 m3 300 m3 10 400 200 6.667 8 800* 66.667 10 GW
Overclock to 600 m3 600 m3 20 800* 400 13.333 16 1600* 133.333 20 GW
  • *Requires multiple Mk2 pipelines

Overview[]

The following equations apply:
If Fuel or Liquid Biofuel or is being used, number of Fuel Generators required is:

If Turbofuel is being used, number of Fuel Generators required is:

The fluid has to be spread across multiple Pipelines as following:
for Mk.1 Pipelines and for Mk.2 Pipelines.

Overclocking[]

Main article: Clock speed
  • The Fuel Generator, like all power generation buildings, behaves differently to power consumer buildings when overclocked. A generator overclocked to 250% only operates 202.4% faster.
  • As the fuel consumption rate is directly proportional to generator power production, verify that demand matches the production capacity to ensure that Power Shards are used to their full potential. Fuel efficiency is unchanged, but consumption and power generation rates may be unexpectedly uneven.

Setting up Fuel power[]

Main article: Setting up Fuel Power

See the main article linked above for a full tutorial in multiple stages, from Fuel to Turbofuel.

Note: Always keep in mind the Pipeline throughput limit, 300 m3/min for Mk.1 and 600 m3/min for Mk.2

  1. Acquire 300 m3/min of Crude Oil (which is two impure Oil Extractors at 250%, one normal at 250%, or one pure at 125%).
  2. Split the output of the Extractor and feed it to five Refineries.
  3. Merge the fluid output of all the Refineries into a single Pipe, then split it to feed 16.67 Fuel Generators.
  4. A manifold arrangement (aka. in-line splitting and merging) is advised for the above setup.
  5. To deal with the Polymer Resin (this setup will produce 150/min), either sink it or refine it into Residual Rubber/Plastic. Ensure these byproducts never back up, or Fuel production will stop, which will eventually result in the generators running out of it and stopping.

This setup provides 2,500 MW of sustained power available.

History[]

  • Patch 0.4.0.0
    • Decreased Fuel burn rate in Fuel Generator from 15 per minute to 12 per minute
  • Patch 0.3:
    • Replaced Conveyor input with a Pipeline input, now only accepts fluids
    • Changed construction cost to five Computers, 10 Heavy Modular Frames, 15 Motors, 50 Rubber, and 50 Quickwire
  • Patch 0.1.5: Changed construction cost from three Heavy Modular Frames, five Motors and five Circuit Boards to 10 Heavy Modular Frames, 10 Motors and five Computers

See also[]

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