Talk:Storage tank

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Regarding the revert of "steam tank as energy storage"

Could you elaborate why the steam tank advantages over accumulators does not belong on the steam tank page? All the mentioned advantages are storage tank specific. -- SafwatHalaby (talk) 13:55, 14 May 2018 (UTC)

I think I see your point. Technically one could use a fluid wagon rather than a storage tank to achieve the same advantages. Then perhaps the calculations should be moved out of this page into the electric system page as well. -- SafwatHalaby (talk) 14:18, 14 May 2018 (UTC)
Paragraph in question:

There are several advantages to storing energy in storage tanks compared with storing it in an accumulator:

  • The energy density of a storage tank tile is much higher than it is with accumulators.
    • For 165°C steam (produced with boilers), a single storage tank stores as much as 15 accumulators: 750MJ / 5MJ = 150
    • For 500°C steam (produced using heat exchangers), a single storage tank stores as much as 48 accumulators: 2400MJ / 5MJ = 480
  • A nuclear reactor always fully burns a fuel cell, releasing 8GJ (or more with the multiple reactor bonus) even if power demand is lower. The excess energy can be stored as steam.
  • A single accumulator's maximum discharge rate is 300kW. On a very heavy load (e.g. laser turret firing), a small accumulator array may not discharge fast enough, causing power disruptions. A steam engine can produce 900kW of energy from the stored steam (3 times faster discharge rate), and a turbine can produce 5800kW (6.4 times faster discharge rate). In other words, a number of turbines or steam engines with steam storage can cope with much higher bursts than the same number of accumulators.
  • Steam can be transferred via trains and then consumed remotely via turbines or steam engines. This essentially "transports electricity" using trains.
Let me take a step back and explain what I'm trying to do. Perhaps you could help.
I don't know what the right page order should be and exactly which paragraphs belong where, but all my steam related edits revolve around trying to be pragmatic; when my friend saw this page they couldn't grasp the advantages of steam over accumulators. Those advantages should be easily accessible from this page, by either linking to them or directly putting them here. Before my edits, these advantages were spread across power production, electric system, and this page, without proper links. Now we're down to two pages, which is good. But the advantages need to somehow be accessible from this page for practicality's sake. -- SafwatHalaby (talk) 14:22, 14 May 2018 (UTC)
I understand your motivation, however, like I said, all the advantages are advantages in relation to some other thing. So, they best fit on a page that also deals with that other thing. A see also link like you added it now is enough to point users to the right page. -- Bilka (talk) - Admin 19:09, 14 May 2018 (UTC)