Yeah, let's make it sound as vague as possible so people click on it.
Purpose: To bridge IC2 EU to other mods in the simplest way (or, at least, so I believe).
Description: A machine that when supplied with EU and a redstone signal, will create a solid fuel.
:Coal Dust: :Coal Dust: :Coal Dust:
:Coal Dust: :Advanced Machine: :Coal Dust:
:Coal Dust: :Cable: :Coal Dust:
The coal dust above could easily be carbon-plate. For lack of a better name (taking suggestions!), let us called this solid fuel EUF (EU Fuel)
Properties: EUF will burn and produce energy anywhere items can burn. Furnaces, boilers, engines, locomotives, even IC2 generators.
- The transfer must be lossy. Under no circumstances should you be able to create EUF, put it in a generator and get a net increase in energy.
- The energy input (in EU) and output (in whatever unit Minecraft uses) would be configurable in case someone should find a method that resulted in a breach of (1)
- EUF would not be maceratable. It is not a replacement for coal for armor nor for solar arrays.
Discussion: I've seen suggestions for electric minecarts, I've seen mods for electric engines (quite a few of them, actually). I've seen the suggestions for nuclear reactors to create heat so it could look more realistic. I've personally been puzzled at how to move non-IC power around due to the mod restrictions of the server-owner where I play.
My thought is that if this one machine were implemented, it would be at the very least a workaround for:
- Locomotives (and perhaps even vanilla MC furnace carts) could be indirectly EU-driven;
- Electric boilers;
- The output of a "vanilla" nuclear reactor could be funneled into a bank of these converters and the EUF piped into the boilers.
- I'm sure there are more possibilities, but they evade me.
Edits: Formatting of the thoughts, and another caveat.