#### PsiTraveller

##### Cosmic Mongoose

Assume the space family Robinson gets a Crown Grant to settle/homestead an asteroid. They find a 100 000 ton asteroid in a good solar zone, towing it into place if need be and settle in to carve out a home for themselves.

If the panels are sized to asssume no power plant then they need to meet basic systems and thrust 1. that would be 20000 power points for basic systems and 10000 points for thrust 1, 30 000 power points total.

Assuming TL 12 fusion at 15 points a ton that would be 2000 tons of power plant. 1o percent of that would be 200 tons of Solar Panels. (This raises a question as to what if we assumed TL 15 power plant at 20 points a ton, the same solar panels would now only need 150 tons of panels to provide the power? What about TL 8 Fusion aT 10 Point a ton.)

There seems to be a need to change the cost of panels to be TL specific, higher tech levels produce more power per ton.

So Assume the Robinsons don't actually have all the 100 000 tons of asteroid all hooked up, they are mining out the asteroid to build a home. They are wealthy and did buy all 200 tons of solar panels, as well as 10 tons of batteries with 60 power points per ton.

The description of solar panels says range and endurance is infinite as long as no manoeuvering or refining fuel. What is so power intensive about refining fuel? The power cost is 1 power point, even assuming 6 minute rounds of power demand that is 10 points an hour. One ton of battery could hold power for 6 hours, 24 hours power could be held in 4 tons of batteries.

It seems to me that a single ton of panels produces a flow of power equal to 10 tons of power plant, or 150 power. Looking at the math I have to think that solar panels and battery banks would be powering a lot of systems on asteroids.

Am I missing something here? Or are solar farms going to be popping up and powering industrial platforms in most systems?