In version 0.15.0, Steam Turbines were added to the game. They are significantly more powerful than steam engines (1 steam turbine is equal to ~10.5 steam engines), but I'm finding it difficult to keep them running at 100% power.
To even reach the maximum available performance for steam turbines, you need to use nuclear power and heat exchangers. The heat exchangers use heat produced by the nuclear reactor to make steam at very high temperatures. From my observations, the exchangers need to be running at at least 500 °C to produce steam (the maximum is 1000 °C). Anything lower than 500 °C, and the turbines will not run. I've also noticed two things with nuclear power:
- The farther the heat exchanger is from the reactor, the cooler the temperatures will be.
- Tampering with the heat pipes will case the temperatures to change temporarily as the heat attempts to catch up.
I'm able to get my turbines running at maximum efficiency when there is enough power on my grid already, but I am expanding my factory, and my expansion is starting to consume too much power. When this happens, the turbines fail to continue to run at maximum. They appear to consume their steam faster for some reason, and end up only being able to perform at about 60% their potential.
My setup includes two nuclear reactors that are connected with heat pipes and are always running to produce enough heat. Right now, the exchangers are in the 600+ °C range so I should have enough heat to be making steam.
How can I always keep them running at maximum power? Better yet, steam turbines can be linked together like steam engines, but doing this almost always ruins the performance of the turbines. How can I do this as well?