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Battery
Icon Block Battery

Category:Energy Source/Storage
Status:Functional

Function:
Stores power for later use.

Fits small ship
Mass:1,454 kg
Capacity:360 KWh
Power:1.44 MW

Fits large ship and station
Mass:7,275 kg
Capacity:1 MWh
Power:4 MW

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The Battery is a block introduced in Update 01.039 which stores power from Reactors and Solar Panels for later use.

Immediately after construction, the battery will contain 30% of its capacity, ready to be used by other blocks. However, when grinding down a battery the power cells will become scrap metal.

When providing power, batteries are more efficient in terms of mass than Small Reactors on small ships, but they're only 80% as efficient as them in terms of power generated per volume when compared to them. However, batteries have the advantage of not requiring a conveyor system to feed them, and as such, they can be fitted in spaces not connected to conveyor systems, or possibly equaling/surpassing the power density of a reactor system connected to conveyors when used in large banks, which uncharged as a lot of dead weight.

Additionally, a fully discharged battery is just dead weight, until it can be recharged using another power source. If it is only needed to power a shuttle for 15 minutes or less, the battery's life will be sufficient to avoid this issue.

Given that each kilogram of Uranium ingots generates 1 MWh of power, one full charge on a small battery is roughly equal to 0.36 ingots and on a large battery about 1 ingot. However, recharging batteries with reactors only has a 80% efficiency, meaning you'll need somewhat more uranium to recharge them. Solar panels don't lose efficiency when recharging batteries. So the use for Batteries is when you have solar panels to charge them, otherwise it's a waste of uranium.

When providing power, batteries are given medium priority. Power is first drawn from solar panels, then batteries. Reactors are only used if the output of the first two options is not sufficient, in order to conserve their uranium fuel.

Control PanelEdit

In the control panel, there is a "Recharge" option. Checking the box will cause the battery to draw power in order to build a charge, while unchecking it causes the battery to provide power to other blocks. The "Discharge" check box will only allow the battery to discharge its power. If neither "Recharge" nor "Discharge" are checked, then the battery will attempt to charge when there is excess power on the ship, and discharge only if there is not enough power on the ship.

Checking the "Semi-auto" option will cause the battery to automatically switch its mode. When it hits 0% charge, it will switch to recharging. When it reaches 100% charge, it will begin powering other blocks.

StatisticsEdit

Max Input Max Output Storage Lifespan at Max Output
Small 1.44 MW 1.44 MW 360.00 kWh 15 minutes
Large 4.00 MW 4.00 MW 1.00 MWh 15 minutes

RecipeEdit

Icon Block Battery Battery
ComponentLarge Ship/Station
Required
Large Ship/Station
Optional
Small Ship
Required
Small Ship
Optional
Icon Item Computer Computer252
Icon Item Power Cell Power Cell12020
Icon Item Construction Component Construction Component102023
Icon Item Steel Plate Steel Plate2060520
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