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Steam engine

Machine

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Recipe

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0.5
+
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8
+
Iron plate.png
10
+
Pipe.png
5
Steam engine.png
1

Total raw

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7
+
Iron plate.png
31

Recipe

Time icon.png
0.5
+
Iron gear wheel.png
10
+
Iron plate.png
50
+
Pipe.png
5
Steam engine.png
1

Total raw

Time icon.png
8
+
Iron plate.png
100

Health

400

Stack size

10

Dimensions

3x5

Power output

900 kW

Maximum temperature

165 °C

Required technologies

None required

Produced by

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Steam engines are the most basic electricity generator, available to the player at the start of the game. They produce electricity by consuming steam, using water pumped from an offshore pump that was heated to 165°C steam with boilers or to 500°C steam with heat exchangers. Steam that has a higher temperature than the maximum temperature of the steam engine (165°C) does not yield more electricity, but less steam is consumed.

Steam engines will automatically adjust their power production and steam usage based on the current demands of the electricity network. Hovering the mouse over a steam engine will display their current power production (Performance) and their possible power production (Available Performance), in a display on the right.

Steam engines have two ports, allowing excess steam to flow through. This allows steam engines to be chained together. The current optimal ratio is 1 offshore pump to 20 boilers to 40 steam engines.

Using steam engines for power does not produce pollution, unless boilers are used to heat up the water.

When producing power, the steam engine will display a working animation:

Steam engine animation.gif

History

  • 0.15.0:
    • Steam is now internally a separate fluid from hot water.
    • Added high graphics quality option for the steam engine.
    • Increased the maximum power production of the steam engine from 510kW to 900kW.
    • Doubled the heat capacity of water from 0.1kJ per degree per liter to 0.2kJ.
    • Change fluidbox height and base level of boiler, steam engine and pump to improve fluid flow.
  • 0.10.7:
    • Made bounding box smaller.
  • 0.10.0:
    • New graphics.
    • New sounds.

See also