Energy Collector

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Energy Collector
File:Energy Collector.gif
Energy Collector
Name Energy Collector
Type Tile Entity
Physics No
Transparency No
Luminance 5
Blast Resistance  ?
Tool Grid Wood Pickaxe.png
Stackable Yes 64
Data Value dec:126
EMC Value 82,953
Mod Included Equivalent Exchange

The Energy Collector is a factory block in the Equivalent Exchange 2 mod that converts any light source into EMC. (Including other collectors[This will work even in no light, as it produces light itself]) By placing EE2/Vanilla fuel items in the Energy Collector's inventory slot, it will convert the fuel into new fuels of progressively higher EMC value, in the following sequence: Charcoal, Redstone, Coal, Gunpowder, Glowstone Dust, Blaze Powder, Glowstone, Mobius Fuel, Aeternalis Fuel. Over time, a cheap fuel such as redstone (EMC value: 64) can be transmuted automatically into an expensive/high EMC value fuel like Aeternalis Fuel (EMC value: 8192).


Excess EMC Usage

The Energy Collector will transfer any excess EMC not being used to convert fuel over to an adjacently placed EE2 block such as an Energy Condenser or Antimatter Relay. It can also be used to power a Dark Matter Furnace or a Red Matter Furnace. A device made with several Energy Collectors together with Antimatter Relays around a central Energy Condenser is commonly referred to as an "EMC flower", or "Power Flower".

Recipe

Energy Collectors come in three Tiers. Each upgrade from the previous tier allows for additional EMC generation a second, light levels (they can act as a light source), and storage space.

Mark One

Glowstone

Glowstone

Glowstone

Glass

Diamond Block

Furnace

Glowstone

Glowstone

Glowstone

Energy Collector MK1


6 x 1,536 (Glowstone Block) + 1 (Glass) + 73,728 (Diamond Block) + 8 (Furnace) = 82,953 EMC to make one.

Mark Two


7 x 1,536 (Glowstone Block) + 139,264 (Dark Matter) + 82,953 (Energy Collector Mk1) = 232,969 EMC to make one.


Mark Three


7x 1,536 (Glowstone Block) + 466,944 (Red Matter) + 232,969 (Energy Collector Mk2) = 710,665 EMC to make one.

EMC generation

The amount of EMC produced is static based on the Tier level of the Energy Collector. Energy Collectors also produce Light level based on tier.

Tier EMC/s Light Level
Mk1 4 7
Mk2 12 11
Mk3 40 15

(EMC/s tested at light level 15)

The light level above the Energy Collector determines the exact EMC gained (see internal details below). The EMC generated is used to progress fuels to the next step in the progression, all the EMC generated is put into the Input fuel moving the progression forward. If an item is taken out mid-conversion, the excess EMC generated is stored back in the collector (and displayed as passive EMC) and is instantly used on the progression of the next placed input item, possibly very quickly upgrading several lower EMC valued materials. Thus, generated EMC is conserved.

If an Energy Collector is not upgrading fuel and adjacent to a Relay all the EMC produced by the Energy Collector will be transferred to the Relay and stored. For further Information on this Mechanic see Antimatter Relay.

Energy Collectors not producing Fuel adjacent to a Dark Matter Furnace or Red Matter Furnace will power those as well.

Another way to generate EMC is by using a Blaze Rod EMC Generator, this is normally cheaper than making light collectors and able to produce a diamond every few seconds (depending on design), Here is a video to expain it:

Break Even Point

From an EMC only standpoint, Energy Collectors are a very long-term investment. In order to equal the cost of just the Energy Collector (not counting the Relays or Energy Condenser) it takes roughly 5 hours of non-stop energy generation at level 15 light to recover the cost of the materials used to create one. Below is a chart of each tier and how many Real Time hours it must be lit and active until the Energy Collector has "paid for itself".

Tier EMC/s Hours
File:Grid Antimatter Relay Mk1.png   Mk1 4 5.76
File:Grid Antimatter Relay Mk2.png   Mk2 12 5.40
File:Grid Antimatter Relay Mk3.png   Mk3 40 4.94

(EMC/s tested at light level 15)

Internal details

The EMC/second produced is based on the level of light shining on the top of the Energy Collector. The light scale is 1 to 15, 1 being complete darkness and 15 being sunlight or equivalent. Lower light reduces EMC production.

For the purpose of the following example, we ignore the light the Collector emits.

A single Energy Collector Mk1 is sitting in a field, open to the sky. During the day the light scale is 15 so 15/15 is 1 then that is multiplied by the output. We leave our collector under the Night sky (light scale 5) now our Energy Collector is at 30% efficiency (5/15) giving us 1 EMC/second (4*.30). In complete darkness our Energy Collector is producing 1EMC/second (our light scale stops at 1).

Trivia

  • Energy Collectors (originally noted by Rar349) cannot be pushed with a Sticky Piston or a Piston.
  • To place a block above the Energy Collector (for example, Glowstone), one can achieve this with ease by holding down shift and placing the block. It will not open up the Energy Collector GUI. This feature is true on all EE blocks (sparing the DM pedestal and Transmutation Table)
  • Energy Collectors are used in the Power Flower structure.
  • Energy Collectors can be used to charge Klein Stars.
  • Mark 3 Energy Collectors do not need a Glowstone block above them to be fully efficient.
  • If a solid, non-luminecent block is on top of a collector it will produce no EMC, even on a Mark 3 Collector.

Video Tutorial

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