Steam engines are the most basic electricity generator, available to the player at the start of the game. They produce electricity by consuming steam, using water pumped from an offshore pump that was heated to 165°C steam with boilers or to 500°C steam with heat exchangers. Steam that has a higher temperature than the maximum temperature of the steam engine (165°C) is consumed at the
In a steam engine, hot steam, usually supplied by a boiler, expands under pressure, and part of the heat energy is converted into work.The remainder of the heat may be allowed to escape, or, for maximum engine efficiency, the steam may be condensed in a separate apparatus, a condenser, at comparatively low temperature and pressure. For high efficiency, the steam must fall through a wide
14 boilers, 10 steam engines, fully charge/decharge is 100 solarpanels, 84 accs. so a 0.84 ratio between them. But certain setups do seem to require more boilers per steam engine than other setups. Like the way the pipes are placed, parallel vs serial setups, watertanks, etc.
My steam engine setup was completely in chaos. Glitchy boiler models and the fact that they were oriented the wrong way meant the factory was destroyed by aliens before I could fix that mess. Also a change to the way inserters worked meant I had to add an extra belt to the end of every single line because reasons.