RimWorld Science Alpha 17: Power — RimWorld Alpha 17 Power Generator SCIENCE!!! (Solar Panels vs Wind Turbines in RimWorld.)
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There are lots of options for power management and power generation in RimWorld. You have your expensive geothermal generators and ship reactors; your fuel-heavy fuel generators; and solar panels and wind turbines. The solar panels and wind turbines are probably the go-to generators for most players. But their key feature is that they are UNSTABLE.
In this video, I look at which factors affect generation in solar panels and in wind turbines. We see that wind turbines are affected by, and only by, weather. But their output fluctuates wildly and unpredicably; on a calm day, you might generate anywhere between 200 watts/hour and 2800 watts/hour. Solar panels produce less power on average, but are much more reliable (setting aside eclipses).
When it comes to solar generators, there are two things (aside from eclipses) that can effect them. First, the latitude effects them; you get very different results at the poles than at the equator. Second, season affects them. This happens less at the equator, but at the 45th meridians (halfway between the equator and the pole) this is more striking. Surprisingly, we found that solar panels generate the most power during the fall, and the least power during the spring, with summer and winter months both falling somewhere between spring and fall.
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