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Geothermal Generator
Block Geothermal Generator.png

Geothermal Generator

Name Geothermal Generator
Type Generator
Physics No
Luminance No
Tool Wrench
Stackable Yes (64)
Data Value 611:1
Source Mod IndustrialCraft2

A Geothermal Generator works on the same basic principle as a normal Generator does.

Geothermal generator produces 20EU/t by consuming Lava (20k total EU per bucket) from any source: liquid pipes, lava buckets, or Lava Cells. With the release of IC², the generators accept both Lava buckets and Lava Cells. The latter are stackable and thus require less maintenance, but cost Tin to produce.

It is possible to supply Lava to the Geothermal Generator using BuildCraft's Waterproof Pipes or Thermal Expansion's Liquiduct. It will also accept lava directly from an adjacent BuildCraft Pump.

Recipe[edit]

Glass
Glass
Iron Item Casing
Empty_Cell
Empty_Cell
Generator
Glass
Glass
Iron Item Casing
Geothermal Generator

Iron Item Casing
Universal Fluid Cell
Iron Item Casing
Universal Fluid Cell
Geothermal Generator
Universal Fluid Cell
Iron Item Casing
Universal Fluid Cell
Iron Item Casing
Semifluid Generator (IndustrialCraft 2)

Raw Materials[edit]

Raw Materials Needed
4 Glass
5 Grid Refined Iron.png Refined Iron
8 Grid Tin.png Tin
2 Grid Redstone.png Redstone Dust
5-8 (see Iron Furnace) Grid Iron Ingot.png Iron Ingot
1 Grid Rubber (IndustrialCraft 2).png Rubber
3 Grid Copper.png Copper
0-8 (see Iron Furnace) Grid Cobblestone.png

Cobblestone

Usage[edit]

As with all Generators, the lava-based fuel of choice is inserted into the lower slot, and optionally an RE-Battery in the upper slot. The Geothermal Generator will charge the battery or output power at a rate of 20 EU/t.

A single Geothermal Generator can store 24 units of lava internally and another stack of 64 lava cells will wait in the fuel queue until needed or removed by player - thus, inserting a full stack of Lava Cells will instantly use up 24 of them and fill out the lava gauge. Like the furnace, the Geothermal Generator does not consume the bucket when a lava bucket is used as fuel. It is returned to your inventory.

Because the Geothermal Generator can store a large amount of power on its own you don't need to bother with batboxes or an MFE in early game.

MachineGUI Background.png
MachineGUI Geothermal Generator.png

RE-Battery

Lava Bucket



MachineGUI Background.png
MachineGUI Geothermal Generator.png

RE-Battery

Lava Cell



Technical Specifications[edit]

Internal Storage: 480,000 EU

Fuel Queue Storage: 1,280,000 EU

Total Storage: 1,760,000 EU

Input: Lava Buckets, Lava Cells, Waterproof Pipes, or placed next to a Pump

Output: 20,000 EU per Lava Bucket or Lava Cell at a rate of 20 EU/t

Strategies for Powering the Geothermal Generator[edit]

With BuildCraft installed, it is possible to pump Lava out of the Nether, from Volcanoes, or from a Lava lake (either above or underground) resulting in a stable and powerful source of power. With Thermal Expansion installed it is possible to create lava from Cobblestone or Netherrack using the Magma Crucible, converting 24,000 or 12,000 MJ, respectively, to 20,000 EU.

Also, with GregTech installed, the Geothermal Generator is used in the recipe for the Thermal Generator. It is an improved version of the Geothermal Generator, producing 30,000 EU per bucket of lava at a rate of 24 EU per tick.

Increasing Efficiency with a Pump[edit]

Using the Geothermal Generator with a connection to a Pump will provide an output of 30,000 EU instead of 20,000. For it to work properly, the Pump has to be above a lava source tile, and the Geothermal Generator needs to be touching the Pump.

Additionally, an Empty Cell needs to be placed into the top of the pump (for unknown reason), and the initial powering of the pump can be done by placing 1 Redstone in the bottom slot of the Pump.

Note: Though it gives an increased EU (30,000), there is still a 200 EU per operation cost for the pump. The Geothermal Generator will charge the adjacent pump, for a total output of 29,800 EU per lava source tile.

Alternate Pumps[edit]

The BuildCraft Pump has an advantage over the IC2 Pump in that it does not need to be placed directly above the drained liquid, automatically extending its siphon into the medium. However, as a BuildCraft machine, it requires MJ instead of EU; this is normally accomplished by attaching Magmatic Engines to the Pump, so the Pump supplies the Engines and vice-versa. Like the IC2 Pump however a bit of Lava is needed to start the engines and begin operation.

If Gregtech is installed, the Advanced Pump is even more effective as it covers a larger area, operates substantially faster, and does not leave flowing Lava like the BuildCraft Pump.

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