Solar Cell

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Solar Cell
Photovoltaic cell that supplies <hl>50</> power to your grid during daylight, with increased output throughout summer.
Lua ID c_solar_cell
Size Small
Solar Power 50
Affected By Events yes
Circuit Board Crystal Chunk Solar Cell
Circuit Board 2 Crystal Chunk 10 Arrow Right Solar Cell
Produced by
Assembler Time
16 seconds
Required Technology
Power Transference Power Transference

Optimal Ratios


Solar components generate full power during the day and reduced power at night. Thus they need to be complemented with energy storage such as batteries. We can calculate how much energy we need if we know how much daylight power we need to replace at night and how long the night lasts. Night lasts from 21:30 to 2:20, or 0.2 of the day, and days are 500, 1000, or 1500 seconds respectively depending on whether the day length has been set to Short, Normal, or Long. So the corresponding number of batteries is:

solar_power_generated * 0.8 * 0.2 * day_period / power_storage

Under some conditions (e.g. short days) a battery might be limited by its discharge rate:

solar_power_generated * 0.8 * / drain_rate

day_period Capacitor Small Battery Medium Battery Large Battery
Short 1 0.26 0.08 0.008
Normal 2 0.26 0.08 0.008
Long 3 0.4 0.12 0.012