Technical Standards

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It is recommended to use color coding in order to improve the maintainability and modularity of your base.

Possible Gas Colour Coding[edit]

Following the guide[1] by user "THE kilroy" on Steam using some of the standard colours from Gas Canisters we get the following:

Mixture Description Colour Reason
Unspecified Unspecified Yellow Default colour
Oxygen Oxygen White Canister Colour
Carbon Dioxide Carbon Dioxide Black Chemistry model colour
VolatilesH2 Hydrogen Red Canister Colour
Nitrogen Nitrogen Green Canister Colour
PollutantX Pollutant Grey Canister Colour
Water Water Blue Canister Colour, water being blue
Nitrous Oxide Nitrous Oxide Brown Only remaining spray paint colour
Unspecified High Temperature Purple So danger is visible
H2/Carbon Dioxide Fuel Orange Canister Colour
Nitrogen/Oxygen/Carbon Dioxide Breathable Air Khaki-Beige Only remaining neutral spray paint colour
Oxygen/Carbon Dioxide Hydroponic Air Pink Colour of some flowers, and green is taken.

Filter Gas Colour Coding[edit]

The following colour coding uses the colours from the filters for specific gases (if available), some colours from the default canister colours in the game, and some colours previously used in other colour coding schema. Note that Hydroponic Air and Breathable Air does not need to be the specific gases listed in the mixture here, depending on your character and preferred plant mixture.

Mixture Description Colour Reason
Water Water Blue Filter Colour
VolatilesH2 Volatiles Red Filter Colour, Canister Colour
PollutantX Pollutant Yellow Filter Colour
Oxygen Oxygen White Filter Colour
Nitrous Oxide Nitrous Oxide Green Filter Colour, Canister Colour
Nitrogen Nitrogen Black Filter Colour
Carbon Dioxide Carbon Dioxide Grey Filter Colour, Canister Colour
VolatilesH2/Oxygen Fuel Orange Canister Colour
Unspecified High Temperature Purple So danger is visible, being in line with other colour coding.
Carbon DioxideOxygen Hydroponic Air Pink In line with other colour coding, one of the few remaining colours
OxygenCarbon Dioxide Breathable Air Khaki In line with other colour coding.
Unspecified "Dirty" Gas Brown "Dirty" gas mixture before being filtered, unknown contents

Electrical Systems[edit]

For the electrical systems there is little need to have standardized specific colour coding. However, since one generally go from power generators to batteries to power consumers we can recommend a starting point. Remember that you can colour a full stack at once, and that when combining cables the receiving stack retains the colour. This means you can keep a single cable of each of the colours you need and just combine partial stacks to get the amount you need of each colour.

The important part of colour coding your electrical networks is when you have several networks that shouldn't be combined to avoid exceeding their power rating. E.g. having two Heavy Cable networks each using more than 50 000 Watts. As long as they are kept separated they will work fine, but once they combine their total usage will be over the limit for the heavy cable. Make one of those networks blue and the other yellow, and make sure you don't connect differently coloured networks.

Cable Network Type Colour Reason
Power Generation to Batteries Orange Power often comes from the sun or combustion generation
Batteries to Power Consumers Black Some real world wiring use black for single line phase conductors
General "High Voltage" Purple To mark as "dangerous" in line with gas colour coding.