The gas turbine is an alternative way to produce power on the station, and is typically exclusive to Atmospheric Technician. It is capable of producing upwards of 100 kW if set up correctly and may even produce more power with further upgrades and tinkering. Gas turbines require a lot of pressure to in order to run effectively. This can be accomplished by setting up a burn mix which will create a large amount of pressure when ignited.
How To Set Up the Turbine
Tools you need
- Rapid Pipe Dispenser
- Atmospheric Access
- Basic Atmospheric Knowledge
In Atmospherics, the mix loop connects to all the different types of gases in the Large Gas Containers outside Atmospherics. Re-pipe the mix loop and place a gas mixer in which node 1 and node 2 outlets are connected to the Oxygen and Plasma. Set the gas mixer so that it outputs 87% Oxygen and 13% Plasma. Then, set the output pressure to max (4500 kPa) and turn it on.
This is what it should look like once you pipe everything accordingly.
Gas Mixing Tank Control
Once the gas mixer is properly set, turn on all the pressure pumps (including any valves), leading to the gas mixing container, on and set to them to max. The gas mixing container is normally found inside the distribution loop area/room. Make sure you turn off any pumps or valves that may lead to an unwanted location within the pipeline.
If everything is done correctly, you should see Oxygen and Plasma inside the gas mixing container and on the computer that controls the sensors inside it. Finally, turn on the pressure pump That leads to the turbine room/area.
Inside the turbine room/area, you should see a few pressure pumps leading to the turbine airlock. Turn on all the pressure pumps, leading to the compressor chamber, on and set them to max. Make sure you set the pressure pump to max inside the turbine internal airlock as well. Next you want to open the blast doors the are found at the output of the turbine. Normally there should be a button to open it. At this point you should see Plasma inside the compressor chamber. Turn on the igniter and you should see the burn mix in flames.
To start up the turbine, find the gas turbine control computer and set the turbine status to the 'on' position. You can see information about the turbine including the turbine speed in rpm and the power being generated, etc.
The final step is to harness and output power to the station. Go to the SMES and under 'Input Management', set the 'Charge Mode' to Auto and 'Input Level' to Max. Under 'Output Management', set the 'Output Status' to Online and 'Output Level' to 100,000.
Now that everything is set up, you should now have a working turbine running at high capacity. You can leave it alone or upgrade it later. The turbine doesn't require much attention as needed, and with a bit of practice, you can set it up within 5 minutes or fewer. You can also keep the output status offline and only set it online for emergency power only.
- A fully upgraded Turbine can output around 1,000,000 watts of power before overheating. You'll need to upgrade the SMES as well to be able to take advantage of it.
- The Gas Mixing Chamber can be bypassed to have a direct link to the turbine pipe
- Replacing the Pressure Pumps with Volumes will not affect the amount of power it will output. It would only create a huge bottleneck that you may likely have to deal with later if things do fail.