How do you handle power shortages?

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How do you handle power shortages?

Post by herkalurk » Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:15 pm

I've been adding some steam engines around my large base running off coal. Everything about it doesn't use power, but creates it with burner miners, burner inserters, and the offshore water pump(which for some reason doesn't require electricity).
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Post by steinio » Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:19 pm

Anyone triggered by the wrong boiler:steam engine ratio?
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Post by Light » Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:09 pm

steinio wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:19 pm
Anyone triggered by the wrong boiler:steam engine ratio?
The smoke obscured it enough that I didn't first notice, but now?

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Post by Serenity » Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:12 pm

When I transition to solar in the mid game I put my initial steam plant on backup. That works well during that period. The problem is that as you ramp up solar and nuclear you need gigantic steam setups or the power they can add is completely insignificant. It's easier to just build more nuclear.

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Post by gGeorg » Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:16 pm

steinio wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:19 pm
Anyone triggered by the wrong boiler:steam engine ratio?
Ratio is ok for backup. He just need add storage tanks. So hot steam is ready when night comes.

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Post by herkalurk » Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:19 am

gGeorg wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:16 pm
steinio wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:19 pm
Anyone triggered by the wrong boiler:steam engine ratio?
Ratio is ok for backup. He just need add storage tanks. So hot steam is ready when night comes.
To be honest this is supplement for the power my nuclear can't handle. I've had a couple of times where I've dipped into my 1 TJ of accumulator storage and I'm trying to makes sure that only happens if the biters isolate some part of the map from the rest. Researching artillery range now, 8.1 million science packs. So pretty much every assembler is running.

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Post by gGeorg » Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:49 pm

herkalurk wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:19 am
gGeorg wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:16 pm
steinio wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:19 pm
Anyone triggered by the wrong boiler:steam engine ratio?
Ratio is ok for backup. He just need add storage tanks. So hot steam is ready when night comes.
To be honest this is supplement for the power my nuclear can't handle. I've had a couple of times where I've dipped into my 1 TJ of accumulator storage and I'm trying to makes sure that only happens if the biters isolate some part of the map from the rest. Researching artillery range now, 8.1 million science packs. So pretty much every assembler is running.
Sure.
Thing is, one boiler can continuously feed two steam engines.
However, in case coal grid operates as backup for peaks, is ok to use ratio 1:6. But you need to add steam storage to cover peaks.
I hope you use a combinator control for backup power.

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