JimBarracus wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:40 pm
nafira wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:45 pm
The main thing about nuclear is that you waste a lot of energy into thin air.
not when you control it with logic circuits.
use tanks to store unused steam
use heatpipes to store excess heat
use akkus and a sr latch to toggle the nuclear power
letting it run 24/7 is very inneficient
small changes can improve it a lot
First : I agree with leadraven, letting reactors cooldown is not the solution for your main central.
I have 2 centrals of 8 cores each. One is my main source of energy, the other is launched for emergency only by reading global electricity storage (I builded a huge amount of accumulators to have time to heat up the reactors).
This central is launched when accu are at less than 70% capacity, which gives me a lot of time to prevent any trouble. Also have a decent amount of steam is I have uranium problem.
Here is my "logic cicuits"
Using tanks is great, thanks, I think your the first to invent the idea
More seriously, if you are to store every steam you produce, it's going to be a mess, as said before, you need to shut down reactors to do so, which is still not the solution.
Heatpipes ! Yeah, at 1GW consumption it's very useful ! and the footprint isn't massive at all.
Last but not least : as said before you don't cool down your main reactors, only your backup generator. It's like shutting down a server and reactivating it (taking time) when used. No, you let it on idle state. That's basics.
You can shutdown a part of a cluster of servers in load-balancing, but not shutting all down.
Solution provided :
The only "energy management" you can do is not having a 40 cores central just to prevent spikes. It's useless, and then the control of it is a nightmare.
You'd better split it into 5 or 4 different centrals, sharing the same tank backup to prevent energy problems and fast recovery time (even no need for reactivating other centrals), and activated only at certain level of energy shortage.
This is a good management. You waste a bit of energy, but your backup is here and controlled by accu and steam storage (a bit, no need to store it all)
This way you lose a bit of steam on your first central (which is nothing), but not putting you factory in danger and not building a nightmare of logic to be 100% efficient.
And another plus : I use a different electrical circuit with solars and accu to power pumps, arms, and bots, so it can't get affected by energy shortage
don't just throw "do it" lines
It's very annoying to read these kind of "let me teach you poor ignorant" posts.