Make reactors consume uranium at a constant rate.

pakislav shared this feedback 15 months ago
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A nuclear reaction is hard to start and stop or scale at a whim.

Nuclear reactors should consume a constant rate of uranium and generate a constant rate of power thus balancing electricity and incentivizing the use of batteries that can charge when systems are idle, solar panels for supplementation, and turning reactors/systems on/off for conservation of energy.


A further, realistic idea is to make the generators use a fuel cell produced from uranium and some other elements which, when inserted into a reactor and turned on, will keep reacting indefinitely until consumed fully or extracted. The spent cells could pose a hazard and be required to be ejected into space with appropriate systems for safety.

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It's a totally great idea, who make even more sense now there is plenty of source of energy. I hope you can get more likes.

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Agreed!

This would be a great way to help balance the use of the new Hydrogen Engines & give us more reason to find uses for them where we might otherwise not bother.

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Agree the neutrons can't be stopped like a click

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I like this Idea. I never understood why the power output and the uranium consumption change when you have more or less devices connected.

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this is a great idea. even if they had a ramp-up / ramp down time that would be much better than the "reactor is just best" situation we have now.

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The reactor power is controlled by the introduction of graphite rods into the reaction zone. It on real reactor.

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I like the "discard used fuel" idea, since it gives a way for the players to get sick and need medical attention outside of getting shot (which is currently the only way to need a medical room to heal other than dying by asphyxiation).

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or being injured in a fall, or wolves, wait this seems like a reasonable amount of ways to get hurt.

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Lol I'm dumb. I clearly haven't fallen or been killed by wolves (although I always turn them off) in a long time.

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Real nuclear reactors are controlled via the use of control rods. Having a variable reaction rate based on power consumption makes more sense than this suggestion.

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