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|Converts Sunlight into electrical Power.|
Must be exposed to space.
|Solar panels convert high intensity Sunlight into power and produce zero waste.|
|7w x 3h|
|-15 (Radius: 3 tiles)|
|Light access from above|
Solar Panel is a building that can convert light into power. The more light it receives, the more power it generates. 380 W is the maximum power it can generate, and it has to receive light brighter than 49999 Lux to generate that. Note that light that bright appears after about a quarter into a day.
It has two separate panels and one panel is three tiles wide, however they have no effect on the functionality. With the maximal daylight up to 2 tiles of Panel can be covered without losing peak power output.
Duplicants can walk on the bottom row of solar panel, so it can be used as flooring.
Usage[edit | edit source]
While their mechanics are straightforward, using Solar Panels requires heavy investment in infrastructure.
Solar Panels cannot withstand Meteor strikes, overheat as easily as generic buildings, and there is no building materials that could mitigate it. This means they have to be protected both from direct damage and hot materials falling on them.
- Transparent tiles, such as Window, Airflow or Mesh can be used to separate hot Regolith from Solar Panels. However by themselves they cannot withstand Meteor hits either and will require a lot of manual labor and constant material investment to regularly break up solid Regolith tiles and fix accumulated damage.
- Bunker Doors can serve as reliable upper line of defense, but they require automation setup involving Space Scanners, which are complicated by themselves.
Meteor storms also decrease the amount of solar power generated each cycle, because either accumulated regolith tiles or closed Bunker Doors will block panels from receiving light. Badly timed meteor shower can block almost an entire cycle's worth of sunlight.
The second issue with solar power is its cyclical nature, which inevitably requires big array of batteries. If there are no other power sources to use for backup, each Solar Panel would need 9 Smart Batteries or 5 Jumbo Batteries to compensate for the worst-case downtime. More on Solar output.[confirmation?]
Tips[edit | edit source]
- Solar Panels can convert Shine Bugs light into electricity as well, although this only gives about 8-10W per Shine Bug, and only when they are very close to the Solar Panel.