Algae: New power resource

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Algae: New power resource

Post by Fortanono » Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:01 am

TLDR: Algae that will grow on top of surface water pools, get harvested, and turned into biodiesel which can also become solid fuel.

HOW TO OBTAIN:

Lily Pads are found in pools of water. Break it to get 1 piece of Algae.

CULTIVATION:

Plant the Algae in any body of water and it will grow over the top of it, slowly spreading to cover the entire surface. The water will have dark green flecks on top of it when there is algae there. By placing a Harvester over the water pool (much like a Mining Drill over an ore deposit), the algae will get harvested. The harvester will harvest all algae in its radius, so you need to place some algae outside the Harvester's radius so it can spread again.

Mathematics: The Harvester will also consume about 90 kW of power just like the Electric Mining Drill. Each piece of algae would be about the size of a piece of Ore. Every 30 seconds, each piece has a 50% chance to spread to its side, as long as the piece of algae would be placed on water. (Please help me with this part to make sure it's alright for the fuel value and stuff)

USES:
  • Can be used as a fuel source (6 MJ) right off the bat.
  • Algae capsules: Crafted with 5 Algae, restores 30 health. Requires the Algae Capsule technology, which itself requires the beginning Medical Care technology (doesn't give any crafts).
  • Biodiesel: Made in a Chemical Plant; requires Bio Processing research (which requires blue science and Oil Processing prerequisites). Made with Algae and Water in the Chemical Plant, but can also be made with Light Oil to give extra. Can be condensed into Solid Fuel with 1.5 droplets per.
WHY THIS SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED:

There isn't much variety in power gen today. We have 3 good options; all balanced out. Nuclear would be nice, but several other threads discuss that already (same with wind). This provides a new mechanic to the game that isn't in currently: farming. You also have to think about your farming setup as to not eradicate all the algae in the pond.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
  • Would this be possible/easy to implement for the devs in the current game?
  • Is this idea balanced? If not, how can I improve it?
  • Would you, personally, use it?

This is a revamped version of my old suggestion, which can be found here:
Algae would be found as a pool of infested water. It would give water when pumped, but it is deep green. Algae can be collected it through a Burner/Electric Harvester, which depletes the algae supply in the pool, turning it into a regular water pool. You could then dump it into a Fermenter (early/mid-game machine) to get Biomass, a solid item that works as a fuel for Boilers. However, it can also be put into a Green Boiler to produce Steam (albeit less than if it was put into a regular Boiler) with no pollution. Later on (with about twice as many resources/twice as much research as a Solar Panel) you can make a Photobioreactor, which duplicates Algae that goes in during daylight hours.

Now, this is my first suggestion, so it sucks. Everyone's first suggestion sucks. So I'd like some constructive criticism on how to improve this suggestion.
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Re: Algae to bypass pollution early on

Post by ssilk » Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:45 am

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Re: Algae to bypass pollution early on

Post by Fortanono » Sat Jul 23, 2016 1:32 pm

Thanks for the feature!

Been thinking about this idea a bit more. What if, to farm algae, you'd need nutrients that you get from raw fish? And then there'd be a way of getting raw fish automatically?

Seems a bit more like something for a mod, honestly. A bit complicated for the base game. But it's worth thinking about.

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Re: Algae: New power resource

Post by Fortanono » Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:57 am

Updated the thread with more info and quite a few changes to my original idea.

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