Solar panel tips


#42

I don’t think we’re supposed to quote spam…


#43

I only use two solar panel, two flywheel, and two steam generator. I don’t see the point of making so many.


#44

The best are steel lanterns, as they give one stop of power output, but can reach farther than a fire.


#45

True, but they are more expensive


#46

I don’t think any number of panels and flywheels can be good enough if you are running a few refineries. I have burned through 20 flywheels connected to 50 solar panels using those refineries. Electric elevators can also burn through resources, as power may not transfer down to the base of the elevator. In order to fix that, I put a wire down the side of my elevator shaft, and have 5 flywheels and 15 solar panels so that it’s always charged.


#49

I am pretty sure platinum works too, that is the only other I know.


#50

I use multiple steam generators. And assign one block head to farm things and refuel the steam generators. And I take jobs, especially ones that earn you coal. Lots of coal, or I have pines trees for sticks to turn into charcoal.


#51

Solar panels generate free power, which is better in the long run when you have a great storage and distribution system. Steam generators are good for power on demand. They make power as you need it or have space for it. I personally prefer a combination that is solar heavy.


#52

My solar panels are above the clouds and work at 100% efficiency. I ran copper wire all the way down (through dirt) to my structures on the ground only to find out that it doesn’t work. Wire is complete (as far as I know) but the solar panels will not send their power.

Is there a distance limit on how far the panels should be from the flywheels?


#53


#54

Is the copper wire very long?


#55

Solar panels don’t generate lots of evectricity. Period.


#56

Yes, unfortunately. I’m not sure what the limit is, but I know it exists. You could try adding a flywheel farm halfway down, and see if it can store it there. Then it just has to send it down.


#57

There’s a way to test this.

Using a dirt tower, with sand blocks every ten blocks. Compost can be placed on the front face of this tower.

Place a solar panel higher and higher on the tower, as you determine electricity flows from each height, but make sure there’s someone crafting or that there’s a depleted flywheel at the bottom.

Alternatively you could do this with steam generators and an electric bench. Maybe it’s a distance thing only by copper wire limitation but not the solar panel.

I was doing some experiments, and power can travel pretty well on a long wire. I want to try horizontally, how far the wire can go where power can still travel through it.


#58

Yes, you need to be crafting and using power in order to see it flowing.

Maybe the panels are working, but the distance is too far for the moving dots to show correctly. Try disconnecting all other power sources, and crafting. If you can craft for more than a few seconds, then the power is getting there, even if there aren’t moving dots.