Kinetic Wind Generator

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The Kinetic Wind Generator, with an Iron Rotor inside, in action

The Kinetic Wind Generator (or Wind Turbine) is an upgrade of the old Grid Windmill.png Windmill. It generates energy from wind power. The Wind Turbine requires maintenance, as the rotor will need to be replaced.

A rotor is required to run a Wind Turbine. Once a rotor is placed inside the GUI, the turbine is given sufficient space, and the wind level is strong enough for the rotor, the Wind Turbine will generate Kinetic Energy. This can be converted into EU with a Grid Kinetic Generator.png Kinetic Generator placed next to the turbine.

Recipe


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Kinetic Unit Output

KU output = wind strength * output modifier * rotor efficiency

Arguments in the formula:

Wind strength: the strength of wind, can be test by Grid Windmeter.png Windmeter;

Output modifier: Used for control the balance of different energies, is 1.0 by default;

Motor efficiency: Related to rotor type.

Wind Strength

The wind strength, measured in MCW, is affected by 3 factors: Height, Weather, and a Random Factor.

Height is a main factor of wind strength. Below y = 64, there is never enough wind, and the generator will not create EU at all. Wind is strongest at around y = 160. There is very little wind at y=255, hence no point attempting to run a wind turbine that high.

Weather also give boosts. Rainy weather will yield a 25% boost. Stormy weather will yield a 50% boost.

At every update, the wind direction may change +18 degree or -18 degree or not change. The three choices have same probabilities. There's no evidence that the wind direction will affect EU generation.

The easiest way to check the current wind level in an area is by using a Grid Windmeter.png Windmeter.

Spacing

Figure 1. Notice how the rotors overlap
Figure 3.
Figure 2. Notice how the third rotor in the background still functions
Figure 4.


For the most part, the only real space requirements of the Kinetic Wind Generator are the rotor blades.

  • The rotor blades must remain free from obstruction by blocks or other rotors. (Figure 1)
  • A Wind Turbine can also become obstructed if there is another Wind Turbine behind it. (Figure 2)
  • This will occur if there is another KWG behind it and in range of the rotors up to 22 blocks away. Specifically, the distance is 3x the radius of the rotors. Because of this, it is considered impractical to have Wind Turbines set up as such, instead it much more preferred to have them in a line (Figure 3) or in a grid (Figure 4).


Rotors

The efficiency of rotor equipped by the Wind Turbine will strongly affect the output of the generator. Each rotor has a different material cost, durability, and wind speed requirement. This means that even the lowly Wood Rotor can be useful in some circumstances where wind levels are not sufficient to run a larger rotor.

Rotor Type Radius Efficiency Durability(s) Durability(d) Min Wind Strength Max Wind Strength Materials
Wood Rotor 5 0.25 10800 0.125 10 60 Grid Iron.png Iron * 1 + Grid Wood.png Wood * 18
Iron Rotor 7 0.5 86400 1 14 75 Grid Iron.png Iron * 45
Steel Rotor 9 0.75 172800 2 17 90 Grid Steel Ingot.png Steel Ingot * 36 + Grid Iron.png Iron * 9
Carbon Rotor 11 1.0 604800 7 20 110 Grid Coal.png Coal * 288 + Grid Steel Ingot.png Steel Ingot * 9

Recipes


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Grid Iron.png
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Grid Kinetic Gearbox Rotor (Wood).png

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Grid Iron Rotor Blade.png


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Grid Shaft (Iron).png
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Grid Kinetic Gearbox Rotor (Iron).png

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Grid Iron Rotor Blade.png


Grid Steel Rotor Blade.png


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Grid Shaft (Iron).png
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Grid Kinetic Gearbox Rotor (Steel).png

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Grid Steel Rotor Blade.png


Grid Carbon Rotor Blade.png


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Grid Kinetic Gearbox Rotor (Carbon).png

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Grid Combined Carbon Fibers.png
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Grid Carbon Plate.png
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Grid Carbon Rotor Blade.png

Notes

  • If wind strength exceed the max wind strength of rotor, the rotor will still work, but will cost 4 times durability.