Plutonium Fuel Rod

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Plutonium Fuel Rod
Plutonium Fuel Rod.png
Used as fuel for the Nuclear Power Plant.
Caution: Produces radioactive Plutonium Waste when consumed.
Caution: HIGHLY Radioactive.
Unlocked at Tier 8 - Particle Enrichment
Category Fuels
Stack size 50
Sink value 153 184
Radioactive Extremely (120)
Energy 1 500 000 MJ
Stack energy 75 000 GJ
Burn time
Stack burn time

The Plutonium Fuel Rod is a late-game item and the result of Uranium Waste reprocessing. It can be burned in a Nuclear Power Plant for power, creating Plutonium Waste in the process. Alternatively, it can sunk into the AWESOME Sink to get rid of the Uranium Waste at the cost of not getting any power. If used in a Nuclear Power Plant, it burns at a rate of 1 rod every 10 minutes, or 0.1 / min, creating Plutonium Waste at a rate of 1 / min, resulting in 10 Waste per rod.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Plutonium Fuel Rod
30 × Encased Plutonium Cell.png
Encased Plutonium Cell
7.5 / min
18 × Steel Beam.png
Steel Beam
4.5 / min
240 sec
1 × Plutonium Fuel Rod.png
Plutonium Fuel Rod
0.25 / min
13200 MJ / item
Tier 8 - Particle Enrichment
6 × Electromagnetic Control Rod.png
Electromagnetic Control Rod
1.5 / min
10 × Heat Sink.png
Heat Sink
2.5 / min
Plutonium Fuel Unit
20 × Encased Plutonium Cell.png
Encased Plutonium Cell
10 / min
1 × Pressure Conversion Cube.png
Pressure Conversion Cube
0.5 / min
120 sec
1 × Plutonium Fuel Rod.png
Plutonium Fuel Rod
0.5 / min
1800 MJ / item
Tier 8 - Particle Enrichment

Usage[edit | edit source]

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Plutonium Waste
1 × Plutonium Fuel Rod.png
Plutonium Fuel Rod
0.1 / min
3000 × Water.png
300 / min
Nuclear Power Plant
600 sec
10 × Plutonium Waste.png
Plutonium Waste
1 / min
Tier 8 - Nuclear Power
Tier 8 - Particle Enrichment

AWESOME Sink[edit | edit source]

 Plutonium Fuel Rod can be sunk into the AWESOME Sink.png AWESOME Sink to yield 153 184 points.

Sinking of Plutonium Fuel rods is intentional, as it gives players a choice of either sinking them and getting rid of waste permanently, or burning them for extra power but creating permanent waste.[1]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Uranium Waste can be completely eliminated if the Plutonium Fuel Rods are sunk. If the Plutonium Fuel Rods are burned in Nuclear Power Plants, the amount of Waste is still greatly reduced.
    • Depending on the recipes used, Uranium Waste is converted to Plutonium Fuel Rods at a rate between 200:1 and 200:5.33. As 1 Plutonium Fuel Rod makes 10 Plutonium Waste, the Plutonium Waste will be between 5% and 26.67% of what the Uranium Waste was. This means that storage will last between 20x and 3.75x as long compared to if the Uranium Waste were unprocessed.
    • The storage area will, however, be more radioactive as Plutonium Waste is more radioactive than Uranium Waste.
  • When making Plutonium Fuel Rods in order to destroy Uranium Waste, the default recipes are best since they have the highest ratio of waste consumed to power used.
    • The Uranium Waste-handling chain consumes 483 MJ/Uranium Waste, not counting other inputs which make up only a small portion of consumption. By comparison, a uranium-burning Nuclear Power Plant produces 15,000 MJ/Uranium Waste.
    • A production module using whole machines includes 2 Blenders, 1 Particle Accelerator, 3 Assemblers and 2 Manufacturers, not counting other inputs. This setup consumes 100 Uranium Waste/min (or the output of 10 Nuclear Power Plants), and uses 805 MW.
  • Consuming Plutonium Fuel Rods increases the nuclear power generation capacity by 89% when compared to sinking them.
  • Without Overclocking or using alternate recipes, one Manufacturer creating Plutonium Fuel Road can use all the Uranium Waste for up to six Nuclear Power Plants with no Uranium Waste left over and near constant Plutonium Fuel Rod production.
    • Adding a seventh Nuclear Power Plant will make more waste then a single Manufacturer producing Plutonium Fuel Rods can handle. Overclocking or additional production buildings will be required. Alternatively the excess Uranium Waste can be stored.
    • The amount of Uranium Waste demanded by one production line of Plutonium Fuel Rods requires 6 Uranium Waste per minute more then the six Nuclear Power Plants will provide. That deficient can be used to remove excess Uranium Waste collect at Crash Sites, given by Lizard Doggos, or left over by a backup in Plutonium Fuel Rod production.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • As of Patch, the most Plutonium Fuel Rods that can be made per minute is 30.54 alongside 22.91 Uranium Fuel Rods. However, this does not yield the most power. Producing 22.4 Plutonium Fuel Rods alongside 50.4 Uranium Fuel Rods does, sustaining a total of 476 Nuclear Power Plants producing exactly 1,190,000 MW (or 1.19 TW) of power.
    • After subtracting the power used to run this system itself (86.16 GW), the net power is about 1104 GW. Cost of Miners and Extractors included. Cost of transportations such as Trains are not included.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Patch
    • Halved Plutonium Waste output per minute (was 2 per generator, is now 1).
    • Energy value increased from 375,000 MJ to 1,500,000 MJ
    • Default recipe:
      • Changed recipe craft time from 120 to 240 seconds
      • Changed Encased Plutonium Cell cost from 15 to 30
      • Changed Steel Beam cost from 8 to 18
      • Changed Electromagnetic Control Rod cost from 3 to 6
      • Changed Heat Sink cost from 5 to 10
    • Alternate: Plutonium Fuel Unit:
      • Changed recipe craft time from 60 to 120 seconds
      • Changed Encased Plutonium Cell cost from 10 to 20
  • Patch Introduced

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