Battery

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Battery

Battery

Stores electricity for later use. Charged batteries explode when exposed to rain or fire.

Base Stats

Type
BuildingPower
Market Value
200 Silver [Note]
Mass
20 kg
Beauty
-15
HP
100
Flammability
100%
Path Cost
50

Building

Size
1 ˣ 2
Minifiable
True
Placeable
True
Passability
pass through only
Cover Effectiveness
40%
Blocks Wind
True
Terrain Affordance
Medium
Efficiency
50%

Creation

Required Research
Battery
Work To Make
800 ticks (13.33 secs)
Resources to make
Steel 70 + Component 2
Deconstruct yield
Steel 35 + Component 1
Destroy yield
Steel 17 - 18 + Component 0 - 1
Technical
thingCategories
BuildingsPower


The battery is an electric device that stores power to use when needed.

Acquisition

Batteries can be be constructed with Steel 70 Steel, Component 2 Component and 800 ticks (13.33 secs) after the Batteries research has completed.

Summary

Batteries connect directly to the wind turbine and the attached coolers, with no conduits. This power grid will only "Zzztt" if the batteries get rained on.

Batteries automatically charge and discharge when connected to other buildings. Each battery can store 600 Wd (Watt-days) of power at once. 1 Watt-day is equal to powering a 1 W appliance for 24 hours. However, batteries have a 50% efficiency, meaning they take in only half of a grid's excess power. For example, an excess of 200 W for 24 hours will only store 100 Wd. Power is evenly divided between all connected bateries. There is no limit or penalty for power output.

Each tile of battery will also transfer an infinite amount of power through it, as if it were a power conduit. herefore, electric appliances can connect within 6 tiles of a battery. The battery can't connect in the same way; it requires an adjacent conduit, battery, or power generator to power. A wire will appear when a valid connection is made; you may need to use the Reconnect gizmo on the appliance for it to be powered.

While installed, batteries lose 5 W of power per day, even if they aren't connected to anything. Batteries can't be turned off, but a power switch can disconnect them from other buildings. Batteries can be uninstalled, which preserves power and prevents discharge until placed again.

Health

An installed battery will short-circuit (the Zzzt... event) if left in the rain or snow without a roof. Storing power also makes the random short-circuit more dangerous, though a battery-only grid is immune to the random event.

Like other furniture, batteries are not subject to deterioration, but short-circuits from rain or snow cause damage. Their health does not impact power storage, discharge, or any other function. Temperature also has no effect past fire creation. However, they can explode when reaching a low enough health.

Analysis

Batteries are most useful when using wind turbines or solar panels, both which are highly variable power sources. Using a battery creates a 'cushion', making their power more reliable. For instance, a battery is required to use any sort of solar power at night or during an eclipse. Meanwhile, fueled generators are consistent - they'll burn their fuel at a constant rate, even if it would be wasted. While you could just turn the generator off, colonists need to walk to the generator. Using a battery can help save on both fuel and micromanagement.

Even in colonies that do not use wind or solar energy, batteries are useful to cover spikes in power usage, such as short-circuits, turret arrays, electric smelters. A battery can cover arbitrarily high power needs, the size of the array only changes for how long that is possible. As an example, an array of 20 mini-turrets and 4 autocannon turrets draws 3200 W of power. Instead of building another geothermal generator, each battery will power this for more than 4 in-game hours.

Uninstalled batteries can be used whenever power needs to be transported. They can be used to power remote deep drills, or even put on a caravan. This allows for electric appliances like mini-turrets to be used far away from your base.

Power storage

Seperating your batteries behind stone walls will help keep fire from spreading. As you'll rarely need to access a battery itself, stone doors can be safely used for "battery rooms".

It is highly recommended to keep some additional batteries behind a power switch on a separate network, so they can be brought online in the case of a short-circuit event. Alternatively, you can uninstall batteries and keep them in a warehouse. You'll have to reinstall them manually, but they won't discharge. In practice, the discharge is negligable, so uninstalling is mostly useful for transporting power.

When powering an emergency array, the battery group should be isolated. There should be 1 power switch to the main power grid, which should be turned on or off when needed. This keeps your power safe from a short circuit. When powering a security array, place another, seperate switch to your turrets, to easily power them on or off.

Efficiency

When calculating power capacity, keep in mind that charge efficiency is only 50%; half the excess energy is lost. This is particularly relevant when planning a sun lamp setup. The lamp draws 2900 W during the day, and 0 W during the night. As day lasts longer, a sun lamp has an average demand of 1595 W. However, an average power of 1595 W is not sufficient, and only enough to power the lamp for 6 hours. Simply adding more batteries will not change this; 2 batteries are sufficient here. In this scenario, adding another solar generator would be enough to power the lamp.

Version history

  • 0.0.245 - Charged batteries now explode while burning.