The Best Power Source

Discussion in 'General FTB chat' started by Ddogclaw, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Ddogclaw

    Ddogclaw New Member

    Hey all, I've recently switched from Tekkit to FTB Direwolf20 pack and I love all of the different power options. I have in the past solely used solar panels (LV,MV,HV) with occasional geothermal generators supplementing some extra power. Now in FTB, I've been using solely geothermal energy. My current setup is similar to that that Direwolf20 has in his single player series, but I have use magmatic engines for all of the power for the pump, liquid transposers, and use filters to pull the cells. I have an iron tank that holds 3,900,000 mB that powers a line of geothermal generators and 9 magmatic engines. These engines fill my redstone energy cell which has an output of 35 set, and the geothermal engines fill my mfsu (soon will have multiple mfsus). Even with all this power output, the amount of lava in the tank never fluctuates.

    So what is your favorite source of power?
  2. Saice

    Saice Tech Support

    Thermopile.

    Yes I'm a bit sick in the head.
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  3. Ddogclaw

    Ddogclaw New Member

    I could see that, get enough thermopiles, use blutric engines, there you have enough buildcraft power, then convert up to industrial craft!
  4. DVeagle74

    DVeagle74 Member

    Wind turbines! Cool looking and produce a lot of power. But require TONS of string. 4 and a half stacks for the standing version. And reactors are always fun, if a bit heavy on resources. Automating steam boilers is always fun too.
  5. Saice

    Saice Tech Support

    Yes my current base has 48. And I about to start adding IC tech so I will try and see if I can make mega awesome super Thermpoile and run my base 100% off that.

    EDIT: hey anyone know if there is a Themopile native to IC?
  6. arkangyl

    arkangyl Active Member

    What's the Thermopile do? I'm not familiar with that piece of tech. I am familiar with IC2, though.
  7. Saice

    Saice Tech Support

    It makes power based off heat exchange. Basicly you put a cold side and a hot side to the block and it makes power. The bigger the diffrance the more power you get.
  8. arkangyl

    arkangyl Active Member

    Nope. Nothing like that in IC2. Closest thing is a Nuclear Reactor. You put in Uranium Cells (heat it up), and Coolant Cells (cool it down, obviously), and it generates energy. But it doesn't so much need the cold to generate EU's, as it does to not blow your base to smithereens.
  9. OmegaPython

    OmegaPython Well-Known Member

    Thermopiles generate blutricity from RP2
  10. arkangyl

    arkangyl Active Member

    I knew that much. He was asking if there was any power generation in IC2 that works with a similar mechanic. After he told me what that mechanic was, I can say there's not.
  11. Rakankrad

    Rakankrad Member

    The best way you could do that would be kinda convoluted.. Thermopiles -> blutric engine -> sawmill -> solid boiler -> steam turbine

    It could work, but it wouldn't be effective by any means. That is unless you've got something like the power converter mod.. In which case, you'd skip the sawmill, boiler, turbine parts.
  12. arkangyl

    arkangyl Active Member

    You could also go: Thermopile->Blulectric Engine->Magma Crucible->Geothermal Generator/Thermal Generator (GregTech's Geo Gen). Cuts out two steps from the steam method, but would require Netherrack for maximum efficiency. Cobble will work, too, but you lose efficiency.
  13. Rakankrad

    Rakankrad Member

    It would work, but where's the fun in that? =p Nothing's more fun in minecraft than making huge machine setups that serve the same purpose as a 1 step machine! (see any rube Goldberg machines that make basic things like cakes or cookies)
  14. arkangyl

    arkangyl Active Member

    This is very true. :p
  15. Saice

    Saice Tech Support

    Yeah I might do that. I'm already got a small amount of Lava Ive been pumping up in my volcano base that I was using with magma engines before I had my pile setup. I might actually go the sawmill route just because it uses a resource I can make in my base wood.
  16. slay_mithos

    slay_mithos Well-Known Member

    Nah, 48 thermopiles won't generate even remotely enough with the lava route.

    Maybe if you get a massive supply of nether rack, but even with that, you are far from being able to supply enough energy to fuel enough EU in the end, as the Bluetric > MJ is at a crappy rate, and the MJ > EU is not that good either.

    Oh, well, if it's only to power basic machines, only on demand, that could work, but don't expect to be able to make a massive automation, or to run Greg machines^^
  17. Saice

    Saice Tech Support

    That is why I said I was going to be super mega awesome thermopile. Which being super, mega, and awesome would have way more then 48 of them.
  18. slay_mithos

    slay_mithos Well-Known Member

    Ok, someone is going to need tons of materials I see ^^ .

    If you can make it go with a windmill, even the "small" one can really help you too, plus they do look cool.

    But that's your world, so of course you are free to build giant towers of thermopiles, if that is you wish.
  19. Saice

    Saice Tech Support

    yes I know it would look cool. But 90% of my base/build is underwater and windmills tend to have issue with being on the ocean floor.

    But also my tower pile setup is actually a fairly poor design. You can double the output of a pile (with out getting ice or snow in the mix) just by changing how you have lava and water touching the pile. 4 water to 1 lava is about the best you can get off a pile while keeping it maintenance free.

    And Hell I play with GregTech on hard you think I like to do anything in the easiest manner? If that was the case it would be all solar all the time for all the UU mater I could stand.
  20. Juanitierno

    Juanitierno Well-Known Member

    In my recent restart my aim is creating a blaze reactor (lvl 5 blaze spawner in overworld, piping rods into IC2 generators and boilers for EU and MJ.)

    Lets see how it goes :)
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