I tried the infinite water+Aqueous Accumulator+Steam engine setup to power my 3 Thermal Expansion machines (Pulverizer, Powered furnace and Sawmill) but I found that it would quickly deplete energy when 2 machines were running at the same time and I didn't want to add engines and having to feed them all with coal so I installed Industrial Craft Solar panels and 2 batboxes with wires that go into TE Eletrical Engines to power the machines. The problem is that even if the machines are not running, the engines are and they waste my energy. I can put a block and a lever on the engine and put the machine to require a redstone signal to run so when I pull the lever, both the engine and the machine work but I don't need all those levers in IC2 and I can't stack machines now. Another problem is that even if each machine has its own electrical engine, the machine's internal storage is depleted faster that the engine gives it energy so it slows down and it's really inefficient. I like the TE machines but if there is no way for them to stop wasting energy when they are not used, I will go back to IC2. How can I do that? Or what is the best way to power them up that requires no human intervention?
5x Solar panels | | Batbox | | Batbox | | | | | | 3x TE Electrical engines Pulverizer Powered furnace Sawmill