Solar Panel Blocks

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Solar Panel Blocks
Solar Panel Blocks.png
250 kg
Size (W,H,D)

Solar Panel Blocks are blocks used as an alternate source of power. It must be paired with the Capacitor (Solar) to store the energy absorbed by the blocks. If there are Generators present the base will draw power from the Capacitor(s) before using the Generator(s). Having a backup generator is probably a good idea.

Solar panels have both sloped and horizontal varieties to enable more efficient placement relative to the sun. While you can't change the angle of the slope, you can choose to orient them facing North, East, South or West. The panels have two sets of indicators on them. The green indicators indicate the efficiency (maximum output) of the panel, with 4 green indicators being the best. The yellow indicators indicate the current output of the panel, again with 4 being the highest. Solar panels are supposed to be more effective near the equator of a planet than at the poles.

The statistics page of your base control panel will show the current and average power output of all your solar panels. Unfortunately it is not possible to see the output of individual panels at this time. In order for the Capacitor(s) to charge you must be producing more power from the solar panels than your power consumption. A good rule of thumb if you want to run your base mainly off solar power is to have 3 times the average output as the consumption.

The output of the solar panels is obviously affected by the time of day (on a planet base). Overcast weather, fog and rain will also reduce power output. For space bases the distance from the sun will effect the maximum power of the solar panels as well.

Note that there is also a smaller version of the solar panel and you can currently only have a maximum of 15 solar panels total on a base.

Output Inputs link=Advanced Constructor}} Advanced Constructor
link=Solar Panel Blocks}} Solar Panel Blocks link=Glass Plate}} Glass Plate (2)
link=Optical Fiber}} Optical Fiber (1)
link=Steel Plate}} Steel Plate (2)
14 s
link=Solar Panel Blocks}} Solar Panel Blocks link=Iron Ore}} Iron Ore (5)
link=Silicon Ore}} Silicon Ore (5)
link=Copper Ore}} Copper Ore (5)
link=Advanced Constructor}} Advanced Constructor