Solar Panel

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Solar Panel
Solar Collector ig.png
Grid layout None (small).pngGrid Solar Panel.png
Type Generator



Tool Grid Wrench.png
Stackable Yes (64)

Solar Panels are generators that utilize the energy of the Sun to generate EU. This fact means that they cannot work underground (unless there is an unobstructed view of the sky), in the Nether or the End. They also don't work at night.

The addition of electronic circuits in their latest design has done some strange things. Now that they have awareness, they have all decided (union rules, nothing we can do) that they won't work as hard if the weather is bad.

Contents

Recipe

Coal Dust

Glass

Electronic Circuit

Glass

Coal Dust

Generator

Coal Dust

Glass

Electronic Circuit

Solar Panel



So, for this recipe you need:

Or, if you would like a list of the raw materials:

Usage

Solar Panels output power at a rate of 1 EU/t during daylight hours (from 6:20 to 17:45). Power will output to any side except the top. Inclement weather (i.e., storms) affects energy production.

RE Battery (Charged)






Solar Panels can also be crafted into the Solar Helmet, which can automatically recharge whatever electronic chestplate you're wearing while in the daylight! HAYO!

Iron

Iron

Insulated Copper Cable

Iron

Solar Panel

Insulated Copper Cable

Iron

Iron

Insulated Copper Cable

Solar Helmet



Insulated Copper Cable

Iron Helmet

Solar Panel

Insulated Copper Cable


Insulated Copper Cable

Solar Helmet



Energy

EU
Input Sunlight
Output 1 EU/t (13050 EU/day)
Storage  ???

Solar Flowers

A Solar Flower (IC1). Screenshot by Kingy24

Due to the relative weakness of power generation, Solar Panels are often assembled into so-called Solar Flowers (when using Copper Cable), whereby as many Solar Panels as possible are connected to a BatBox using cable lengths of four segments or less. These constructions provide the benefit of compact and relatively cheap Solar Panel arrangements without energy losses. This was the most efficient design that existed in IC1 and earlier versions of IC2. The addition of Tin Cable, which allows micro currents to be carried 40 blocks, has made other arrangements equally feasible. Now, arrangements using a combination of tin and copper cables can provide superior efficiency, and don't require such intricate planning.

Bugs

  • Solar Panels are bugged with the WorldEdit stack command, they will appear pointing north, therefore not working yet it is just a visual glitch and the solar panels will continue to work! HAYO!

Interaction with other mods

  • GregTech has a configuration by default to nerf the recipe of the Solar Panel. The new recipe with that feature turned on is:


The first row are glass panes, and the second row (excluding the middle) are Silicon Plates.

  • There is an add-on named Advanced Solar Panels that introduces 3 new solar panels (Advanced, Hybrid and Ultimate Hybrid), each an upgrade from the last.
  • There is another add-on called CompactSolars that also introduces 3 solar "arrays", which are combinations of many solar panels (LV --> 8 solars, MV --> 64 solars, HV --> 512 solars).

History

Version Changes
Industrial Craft²
1.337 Solar Panels will not generate as much energy during rain and thunderstorms. The solar panel recipe was changed to the current recipe from this:

Coal Dust

Glass

Insulated Copper Cable

Glass

Coal Dust

Generator

Coal Dust

Glass

Insulated Copper Cable

Solar Panel


For server owners

  • If you think Solar Panels are unbalanced, you can change their power rating using this line in your configuration files:

I:energyGeneratorSolar=100

and change it to any number you want (100 = 1 EU/t).

HAYO

Ah, the technology of Future! Solar Panels are the futuristic and 100% clean alternative to gather energy. They don't even use any kind of fuel but the sun, seriously!

You can just place them somewhere in sunlight, put a battery in and be happy.

As fair salesmen, we feel responsible to tell you that charging up RE Batteries by Solar Panels may take some time. This is not because of the low efficiency of the Solar Panels, but because our RE Batteries are so frikkin' awesome, they just need a long time to charge. HAYO!



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