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Kit (Solar Panel Basic)
ItemKitSolarPanel.png
Stacks x
Constructing Options Solar Panel (Flat), Solar Panel (Angled)
Recipe
Created With Electronics Printer
Cost 10g Iron, 2g Gold, 10g Copper
Kit (Solar Panel)
ItemKitSolarPanel.png
Stacks x
Constructing Options Solar Panel
Recipe
Created With Electronics Printer
Cost 5g Gold, 20g Copper, 15g Steel
Kit (Solar Panel Basic Heavy)
ItemKitSolarPanel.png
Stacks x
Constructing Options Solar Panel (Heavy Flat), Solar Panel (Heavy Angled)
Recipe
Created With Electronics Printer (Tier Two)
Cost 10g Copper, 10g Steel, 2g Electrum, 10g Invar
Kit (Solar Panel Heavy)
ItemKitSolarPanel.png
Stacks x
Constructing Options Solar Panel (Heavy Dual), Solar Panel (Heavy)
Recipe
Created With Electronics Printer (Tier Two)
Cost 20g Copper, 10g Steel, 5g Electrum, 15g Astroloy
Solar Panel
Operation
Power Usage 0W to 500W generated
Construction
Placed with Kit (Solar Panel)
Placed on Large Grid
Stage 1
Next Stage Construction
Constructed with item Glass Sheet
Deconstruction
Deconstructed with Hand Drill
Item received Kit (Solar Panel)
Stage 2
Deconstruction
Deconstructed with Crowbar
Item received Glass Sheet

Description[edit]

The Solar Panel generates power by absorbing sunlight, depending on solar intensity, up to 500W per panel on the moon. Can be manually rotated using a Wrench. Can be built in two configurations, one with opposite side split power/data ports, or two with same side combined power/data ports.

Data ports can interact with Daylight Sensors and logic i/o writers or batch writers to automatically rotate the panel to face the sun.

At the extreme attitude settings (0/100) the solar panel still faces 15 degrees above the horizon. Thus the total arc of vertical rotation is only 150 degrees from input values 0-100.

Can also be destroyed by storms, or left with very little health. Best course of action is to remove the solar panels when you are notified of a storm by a Weather Station, Which allows you to replace them once the storm is over.

They can be repaired with Duct Tape, or by dissembling them and reassembling them. You could even cover them with windows to protect them from storms at the cost of some efficiency of the panels themselves being lost. And Heavy Solar Panels are a more expensive version that do not take storm damage but it is debatable if its worth making the tier 2 metal Astroloy to prevent storm damage whilst retaining maximum efficiency.

Types of Solar Panel Kit[edit]

There are 4 kinds of Solar Panel Kits - The standard Solar Panel and its three other variants

Basic Solar Panels are cheaper but don't have logic inputs, so you can't set them up to automatically track the sun. They're useful early on, when you have limited resources and lower power needs, but they spend most of their time at reduced power output.
Heavy Solar Panels are protected against storm damage, but more expensive and require a Tier Two Electronics Printer. Note that not all planets have storms.
Basic Heavy Solar Panels are just a combination of the above two properties.

Positioning[edit]

Pay close attention to the positioning of your solar panel since their automation will depend heavily on it. Most user-made scripts and guides orient the panels with the data port facing sunset and the power port facing sunrise.

solar panel horizontal rotation

Notes[edit]

After placement be sure to install one Glass Sheet to make it functional.

See Sensors and Solar_Logic_Circuits_Guide for panel automation using logic circuits.

Power output of a single Solar Panel on different planets[edit]

World Solar Energy  % of Earth Solar Angle
Moon 500W 100%
Mars 455W 91%
Europa 210W 42% 32°
Mimas 90W 18% 126°
Asteroid belt 500W 100%
Loulan 455W 91%
Vulcan 750W 150% 48°
Venus 500W 100%


Data Network Properties[edit]

These are all Data Network properties of this device.

Data Parameters[edit]

These are all parameters, that can be written to with a Logic Writer, Batch Writer, or Integrated Circuit (IC10). The outputs are listed in the order a Logic Writer's "VAR" setting cycles through them.

Parameter Name Data Type Description
Horizontal degrees Set the horizontal rotation of the Solar Panel (clockwise, 0-360°, data port is at 270°)
Vertical  % Sets the vertical angle of the Solar Panel (accepts 0-100% which translates to 15°-165°, 50%=90° =zenith)
On Boolean Turns the solar panel on or off

Data Outputs[edit]

These are all parameters, that can be read with a Logic Reader or a Slot Reader. The outputs are listed in the order a Logic Reader's "VAR" setting cycles through them.

Output Name Data Type Description
Charge W Returns the power generated in Watts
Horizontal degrees Returns the horizontal rotation of the Solar Panel
Vertical  % Returns the vertical angle of the Solar Panel
Maximum W Maximum possible power for this planet
Ratio How close to maximum current performance is, 1.0 means panel is perfectly directed and unobstructed
On Boolean Returns the on/off state of the solar panel