This system is directly converting local thermal energy into electric current at 90% efficiency. Most of this energy is being stored in the battery-like devices within the plant itself, each of which holds enough to power a small city for a year. Some of it, however, is being drained off, presumably as it is distributed to other facilities on the planet.
The power plant appears to be fully automated and - given current understanding of the mechanisms involved - uninterruptible.
Fossil data recorded from the volcanic rock that was excavated to construct the alien power facility. It has been possible to extrapolate a number of key trends.
The aliens recorded data on indigenous organic remains originating between 10,000 and 1,000 years ago. The lifeforms on record feature an unusually low overlap with those encountered so far on 4546B.
Soil samples from 1,000 years ago contain 300% higher concentrations of organic remains than the soil average. Data supports a mass extinction event killing off a majority of species and forcing rapid adaptation amongst many of the survivors.
A power router in the thermal plant is distributing energy collected onsite to other facilities on the planet.
Primary Containment Facility Location Updated:
- Constructed within a natural chasm
- Connected to this cave network
- South south-east
- Area of volcanic activity
- Depth 1.4km
There is no clear way to interrupt the power flow.
It has been possible to extract useful information regarding alien ion power.
Ion cubes are grown artificially from a mineral substance, and are treated to remain in a stable state despite the huge ionic energy contained within. By installing an ion cube in an appropriate device this energy can be released as electrical power.
Using this knowledge it has been possible to synthesize new battery and power cell blueprints which leverage advanced ionic energy to last considerably longer.
The entrance to the Lava Castle
Alien Thermal Plant exterior
Closeup of the entrance doorway
Another view of the outside of the base
The top of the Alien Thermal Plant
The bottom of the Alien Thermal Plant
Strange rock formations underneath the Alien Thermal Plant
Size comparison of the Prawn Suit and the entrance to the Lava Castle