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Hi guys,

I would like to share my build. I have build a system that cools the base by evaporating water.

How it works: I submerge 2x Thermo Aquatuners in Pwater (water would be fine too). I have an oil storage next to that with a closed loop system with oil running via aquatuners.  This oil is also distributed across the base to cool it. Whenever the stored oil gets too hot, it gets pushed through aquatuners.

Aquatuners will eventually boil pwater. The steam then evaporates into space taking the heat with it. Pwater is replaced with the one created by Petrolium Generators that also power the aquatuners.

At the end, this system only needs petroleum to keep it going.

There is also a Natural Gas Generator but i have only added it since there was a geyser nearby and the system should work without it.

 

 

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I heat pwater to near boiling then sieve it back to 40c.

 

But your system is much more realistic to the real universe. Actual ice asteroids & dwarf entities on the scattered disc regulate their temperatures at the near point of orbit with geysers that spray water into space.

 

If the sieve worked in a more realistic way, your method would be a good exploit-free method for deleting heat - heat some liquid to its evaporating point then vent to space. But I might try to use something with a higher vaporization temp like phosphorus.

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This isn't exactly cooling, it's destroying heat by "radiating" it into space.

Sure, it's exploit free and incredibly efficient, but it wastes a huge amount of water. If you have large quantities of pH2O sitting around, this is a legitimate method of destroying heat.

A more efficient method of the system you're using would be to boil oil into petroleum, or sour gas, then either burn the petroleum or route the sour gas into a condenser to make natural gas to power the system. This would avoid the loss of material to space.

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1 hour ago, crypticorb said:

A more efficient method of the system you're using would be to boil oil into petroleum, or sour gas, then either burn the petroleum or route the sour gas into a condenser to make natural gas to power the system. This would avoid the loss of material to space.

How is that going to delete heat?  Does natural gas have much lower heat capacity than oil?

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5 minutes ago, psusi said:

How is that going to delete heat?  Does natural gas have much lower heat capacity than oil?

PetroGens produce their waste products at the temperature of the machine itself, independent from the temperature of the input fuel.  So you refrigerate the PetroGen, and send near-boiling Petrol to run it.

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14 minutes ago, psusi said:

How is that going to delete heat?  Does natural gas have much lower heat capacity than oil?

It doesn't matter what the temperature of a power buildings fuel is when it burns it, the CO2 and pH2O outputs of both the NG generator and petroleum generator will be at the temperature of the building.

Boiling to sour gas and condensing it can be used to destroy ludicrous amounts of heat, as well as give massive amounts of power. Not as much power as the pre-rocketry oil boilers, but still an incredible amount, somewhere around 20x as much as burning petrol directly.

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1 minute ago, crypticorb said:

It doesn't matter what the temperature of a power buildings fuel is when it burns it, the CO2 and pH2O outputs of both the NG generator and petroleum generator will be at the temperature of the building.

Boiling to sour gas and condensing it can be used to destroy ludicrous amounts of heat, as well as give massive amounts of power. Not as much power as the pre-rocketry oil boilers, but still an incredible amount, somewhere around 20x as much as burning petrol directly.

Then it's not the boiling of the oil and conversion to natgas that is doing any cooling; its running natgas/petrol generators.  The boiling just gets you more fuel for them from less oil.

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1 minute ago, psusi said:

Then it's not the boiling of the oil and conversion to natgas that is doing any cooling; its running natgas/petrol generators.  The boiling just gets you more fuel for them from less oil.

Pretty much.

Pushing all the heat into a coolant, and then destroying that coolant. Whether you pitch it into the void or burn it for fuel, your choice. @Sturm58's method is more easily accessed early game, but it's incredibly wasteful.

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4 minutes ago, crypticorb said:

Pretty much.

Pushing all the heat into a coolant, and then destroying that coolant. Whether you pitch it into the void or burn it for fuel, your choice. @Sturm58's method is more easily accessed early game, but it's incredibly wasteful.

Burning hot fuel doesn't work as well as I used to think since the fuel sitting in the generator transmits heat to the environment.

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This is not wasting pwater as it gets generated from oil that is only sued to power this system. I get even more then i need - it gets dropped down to the base reservoir below.

All i'm wasting is oil.

Using water siege or changing hot petroleum to energy seems like en exploit of the game system.

 

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