This brings up a great question that I am working on right now. What is the best way to power a quarry? For my last run, I used four steam engines fed with Charcoal. This took a lot of effort to create the 360+ charcoal that I needed to complete the run.
I was considering a combustion engine or two running on fuel, but that means that I need to figure out how to get the oil, refine it to fuel, and then transport it aound. The notes all say that this is more efficient than a steam engine, but how much more so? It sounds like if I run a combustion engine running from a tank of fuel, I will need to load the tank, use wooden pipe and an engine out of the tank for the fuel, run a pump and engines out of a water supply for cooling, etc. How much more energy does the fuel produce than charcoal, and is there really any benefit to all that complexity?
Should I just invest in the (rather expensive) solar panels and use an electric engine to convert the energy? What sort of arrays and storage should I be shooting for?
The Tauren formerly known as Braus.
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