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The truth is that cooling regolith for power is a bit questionable. It's hard to cool a lot of it and it doesn't have much heat capacity, so the power you can make is limited. BUT there are other reasons to cool it, here's one way to go about it.
Maxeek posted a topic in [Oxygen Not Included] - General DiscussionJust finished building my regolith cooled regolith shipping and to my dismay it causes extreme performance hit. Like I can feel the game "tick" even at lowest speed. Is this just something that is current issue, since I saw builds like this going way back, or is it just not viable and I should use something else. Also if there is no way to move the regolith normally, how much performance hit can I expect from it just laying there stacking to crazy numbers.
This is a DEEP dive into every nuance of generating power by leveraging magma melt from regolith. Meteors supply about 3 rails worth of regolith, so you could potentially produce 39,000 watts of net power output this way.
There is too much of material that really you don't know what to do with it. Regolith can be used as filtration medium, sure, but it isn't enough and you often get piles upon piles of the stuff. Same with mafic rock: sure you can build the base with it but there is just so much of it. I propose additional uses for these materials. For example, making them edible for hatches. Igneous rocks are more or less similar to mafic irl and could be fed to stone hatches. Regolith is granular like sand, which regular hatches already eat and could be added to their diet. As for abyssalite is like beating a dead horse but go ahead and discuss it. I also propose smelting rust. Irl the main way to produce iron is from heating rust along with a reducing agent (like carbon) which produces pure iron and slag. I believe there can be instances where an asteroid can have naturally occurring rust but no salt water geyser and/or very little to no salt water. I have tons of the stuff and really I have no use for it.