Tutorial:Nuclear Power

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Nuclear Physics 101

Welcome, to the Industrial Craft School of Nuclear-arity!
Here, we shall give some tips and tricks to avoid turning your new home into a melting slag heap!

Step 1: Finding Uranium Ore

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There is no easy way to find Uranium Ore short of mining, mining, mining. It appears randomly in very small veins, and has been seen on the surface at sea level. It also appears rarely in the walls of caverns. It must be mined with an Iron or better Pickaxe, and will drop 1× Uranium when successfully mined.

Step 2: My First Reactor(tm)

The Chernobyl-2 Nuclear Reactor is expensive to build, relying as it does on hard-to-obtain elements like Glowstone and Copper Plates. Don't expect to build one in your first week.

If you think you've got the stocks make one, then let's do it! Advanced materials you will need:

1 Advanced Circuit

1 Generator

3 Reactor Chambers

Wait... what? Reactor chambers? What on Earth? It's the core of the nuclear reactor, containing all your precious reactor components and fuel. Well, hopefully containing it... more on that later.

First you'll need 12 Copper Plates for the Reactor Chambers:

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Grid RE Battery (Charged).png
Grid Dense Copper Plate.png

  • Note: You have to Compress 8 Copper at once.

You can then use these to build your 3 Reactor Chambers:

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Grid Dense Copper Plate.png
Grid Machine.png
Grid Dense Copper Plate.png

Grid Dense Copper Plate.png

Grid Reactor Chamber.png

Almost there!

Using the Generator, Advanced Circuit, and your new Reactor Chambers, craft the wonder that is the Chernobyl-2 Nuclear Reactor:

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Grid Advanced Circuit.png
Grid Reactor Chamber.png
Grid Generator.png

Grid Reactor Chamber.png

Grid Nuclear Reactor.png

Congratulations! World Domination is a step closer to reality!

Step 3: Finding Your 3-Mile Island

Siting your Nuclear Reactor is crucial! Proximity and Containment is key here.

These two considerations are interdependent- heavily shielding a reactor with carefully placed Reinforced Stone means it can be safely sited quite close to your precious mansion/fortress/hobbithole; whereas an unshielded reactor should be sited far, far away from anything and everything you hold dear.

Step 4: Heavy Water

Cooling is absolutely vital. Placing your reactor at the centre of a 3x3 cube of water is considered the very minimum in cooling requirements. Still and flowing water have the same cooling effect. Additional Reactor Chambers, Cooling Cells and Integrated Heat Dispensers will all have a positive effect on cooling. See the Nuclear Reactor page for a complete breakdown of heating and cooling in nuclear systems.

Step 5: The Green Glow

At this point, you should have a complete reactor, ideally situated inside a reinforced stone tank of water. No time for congratulations, though... we need fuel for the beast! Raw Uranium ore simply will not do, so it's time for:

Step 6: Cells of Plenty

So, how to we process Uranium, you ask? Easy! You have to Compress it into shiny new Uranium Fuel Ingots:

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Grid RE Battery (Charged).png
Grid Refined Uranium.png

Then shove those ingots into an Empty Cell to make a Uranium Cell!

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Grid Uranium Fuel Ingot.png

Grid Uranium Cell.png

These are suitable for use in the Chernobyl-2 Reactor, each capable of outputting incredible amounts of power!

Step 7: The Soothing Hum of Power

Reactors are capable of outputting considerable power: each Uranium Cell will output 10 EU/tick, meaning that high-output Reactors need high-level infrastructure to avoid machinery damage: HV_Transformers, MFS Units and Glass Fibre Cables are a common sight in a nuclear installation. Uranium Cells also have a considerable lifespan: each can produce between 2,000,000 to 10,000,000 EU!

Step 8: Holy Fukushima! (with apologies to the easily offended!)

If the proper precautions are taken, a Nuclear plant is as safe as a solar panel.

When things do go wrong though - they go wrong in spectacular fashion. The resultant blast of an overheated reactor will level everything in a ~30 block radius that isn't Reinforced or Obsidian. Thankfully a Reinforced Door still provides protection even when open, but be careful of siting anything in line with the power cable output from the containment vessel, as this is the one weak point in any nuclear plant.

Further Reading

Nuclear reactors are very valuable, have enormous energy-producing potential, and without a doubt have a steep learning curve.

A complete breakdown of how each reactor component works is available on the IC2 forum Here, or on the Nuclear Reactor page of the wiki.