TLDR:I am using an accumulator as a resistor to restrict energy flow to an isolated grid.
Problem is that the accumulator on the otherwise isolated grid will not maintain a charge.
Hoping someone could help me with:
- Identifying if this is a bug or intended feature
- Ideas for workarounds (hoping to come up with something both tile-able and simple)
The sentry laser problem:I am working on a sentry laser wall based on XKnight 's design which disables power to all lasers except for one "sentry" laser which triggers the other lasers to wake up and shoot.
The sentry laser wall works by using three 'separate' power grids:
- Main grid (just the power source from base)
- Sleeping turret grid (connected to the main grid through a power switch)
- Sentry turret grid (single, always powered laser tied to an accumulator which is used to trigger the power switch)
When this laser fires it draws the full 300kW available output from the accumulator, surpassing the 60kW solar panel.
This reduces the charge in the accumulator and flips the power switch to let power in from the main grid powering the sleeping lasers.
Until nightfall... which is when the lasers all wake up and do nothing but drain power until morning.[/i]
I decided to add a second accumulator overlapping the main and sentry turret grids using the accumulator as a resistor to limit the power flow and removed the solar panel.
In theory this would mean that the main grid can pass 300kW through the overlapping accumulator while the sentry laser could pull the full 300kW from both accumulators for a total of 600kW.
The idea is that the main grid will keep both accumulators charged night and day and the laser would still be able to drop the accumulator enough for the power switch to toggle.
Problem is that the accumulator being used as a resistor between the main grid and the sentry grid does not maintain the charge of the accumulator on the sentry turret grid.
One accumulator overlaps the isolated sentry power grid with the main grid, while the other is connected just to the isolated sentry grid.