Wind turbine

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Wind turbine

Wind turbine

A wind-powered electrical generator. Requires a large clear space in front and behind for optimal air flow.


Base Stats

Type
BuildingsPower
HP
150
Market Value
265 Silver.png [Note]
Beauty
-12
Flammability
50%
Placeable
Yes
Size
2 ˣ 7
Power
+3450W
Cover Effectiveness
50%

Creation

Required Research
Electricity
Skill Required
Construction 4
Work To Make
3,300 ticks (55 secs)
Resources to make
Steel.png 100 + Component.png 2
Deconstruct yield
Steel.png 50 + Component.png 1
Technical


A wind turbine produces a variable amount of power up to 3450W, based on the current wind speed (for wind conditions see Weather).

Acquisition

Wind turbines can be constructed once Electricity has been researched. Each requires Steel.png 100 Steel, Component.png 2 Component, and a Construction skill of 4.

Summary

Wind turbines generate a variable amount of power base on the current wind speed, which in turn is based on ranges set by the current Weather. It produces a a wattage directly proportional to the windspeed, with an output 2300W at 100% wind speed up to a maximum of 3450W at the maximum 150% windspeed. Wind direction is not a factor, so orientation of the turbines doesn't matter; they will spin equally well in any direction.

Exclusion Zone

The wind turbine's exclusion zone (7ˣ18 white rectangle) is visible when the turbine is selected; and when placing the wind turbine blueprint. It is vital to the wind turbine's function to keep the exclusion zone free from trees, mountains, buildings, roofs, and other tall constructions. The turbine's information window (inspection pane) will list any obstructions in its exclusion zone. Each tile that has an obstruction reduces the turbine's output by 20%. Solar generators or farming plots (that are not set to grow trees) can be placed in the exclusion zone without blocking the turbine. In fact, this setup is an efficient use of space and prevents wild trees from growing in the obstructing the zone. Another option to prevent trees from growing is to construct some type of flooring there.

The exclusion zone of several turbines may overlap. As long as one turbine itself doesn't end up in the exclusion zone of another, they will work optimally.

Low-lying objects can be placed in the exclusion zone without hindering the turbine's operation. These include (but not limit to) the following:

Wind speed

Label Time of year Temperature range [1] Wind speed Wind speed modifier
Clear Any Any None to Moderate 100%
Fog Any Any None to Calm 50%
Rain Any 0 - 100°C Calm to Moderate 80%
Dry Thunderstorm Any Any Moderate to Extreme 150%
Rainy Thunderstorm Any Any Moderate to Extreme 150%
Foggy rain Any Any None to Calm 150%
Hard snow Mainly Winter -270 to -0.5°C None to Moderate 150%
Soft snow Mainly Winter -270 to -0.5°C None to Moderate 150%
Flashstorm Any Any None to moderate 100%
  1. Can continue even if the temperature exits the appropriate range, once started.

Analysis

It works day and night, compared to a solar generator which only works during the day. Wind turbines complemented by batteries can provide a stable supply of power since there wind-related disasters are exceptionally rare, unlike the solar generator's Eclipse event, and are limited to subsets of other dangers such as Weather Controllers. A wind turbine's only real drawback is its need for a large open area clear of trees, mountains, buildings, roofs and other tall constructions.

Version history

  • 0.8.657 - Added
  • Beta 18 - width was increased from 5 to 7 tiles wide.
  • Beta 19 - power generation was buffed by 15%, from max. 3000W.
  • 1.3.3101 - can now be walked through.