[0.17] SMRs

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[0.17] SMRs

Post by dorfl » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:48 pm

Small modular nuclear reactors designed to be deployed off-grid at remote sites. SMRs are manufactured as sealed units with a fixed energy capacity, including both fuel and generator components. This means they can be quickly setup anywhere but once depleted must be returned to base for refurbishment.

https://mods.factorio.com/mod/smr

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_modular_reactor

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Pros:
  • Small footprint, quick and easy to deploy in the wilderness
  • High energy density compared to solar or accumulators
Cons:
  • Limited energy supply rates
  • Uranium fuel cells for life span required in advance
  • Eventually becomes depleted and must be refurbished
  • Efficiency penalty compared to running power lines from main grid
And since this is Factorio, Cons are just another person's Pros :-)

Other notes:
  • Supply priority is tertiary, same as accumulators, so an SMR on the main electricty grid is like a high-capacity accumulator that can't recharge.
  • SMRs retain charge level if picked up and moved. Charge is visible as a health bar when in an inventory.
  • Current charge level can be read by the circuit network, like an accumulator.

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