Energy Usage Information

ME uses Power to run, to idle, to add items to the system or to perform automation tasks. A very small network usually runs on around 6-8 eu/t, 240 - 320 j/t or 2.4 mj/t; more complicated systems that use automation and span larger areas can use considerially more power, so plan your systems wisely to try and conserve power if you need to.

Supplying Power to Your Network

Power is usually supplied via the ME Controller however it can also be supplied at a ME Power Relay, The Power relay can accept external power just like the controller can, or it can allow one AE Network to leech power from another connected ME Network.

Units from power sources

Power is supplied to ME using either EU from IndustrialCraft2, BuildCraft MJ or Joules from Universal Electricity. Each EU is worth 2 Units, each MJ is worth 5 Units, and 20 UE Joules are worth 1 Unit.

Idle Usage Break down By Block

Block Power Usage
Controller 6 units / tick
Chest / Drive 1 unit / tick + Power usage for individual Storage Cells
Storage Bus 1 unit / tick
Terminals / IO Port 1 unit / tick
Import / Export Buses ( non stack mode ) 1 unit / tick
Import / Export Buses ( stack mode ) 2 units / tick
Pattern Provider / C-Cpu 1 unit / tick
Any Cables ( including dark cables when powered ) 1 / 16th unit / tick
Containment Wall / Heat Vents No Power Usage
Power Relay No Power Usage

Other Uses of Power

Item / Action Power Usage
Adding / Extracting a Single Item 1 unit
Adding / Extracting 64 Items 64 units
1k Storage Cell 0.5 unit / t
4k Storage Cell 1.0 unit / t
16k Storage Cell 1.5 unit / t
64k Storage Cell 2.0 unit / t
1 Crafting Operation 3 unit

Backup Power

An important thing to realize about ME, is that if your power dies you will be unable to access your storage cells in your ME Drive or ME Chest so make sure you either have tools stored externally, or plan your network to have a 'low power mode' where you can disable the power intensive portions of your ME Networks, and have a backup generator that can run on coal or other options so you can get access to your storage even if a power crisis occurs in your base. A low power mode can be achieved with a few levers and some ME Dark Cable or if your up for it, a complicated setup using more interesting redstone, network planning.

Page last modified on 09/13/2013 05:10 PM CDT
By AlgorithmX2
Certus Quartz Ore
Unmined certus quartz
Certus Quartz Crystal
Quartz crystal with qualtiies that allow it to store energy.
Certus Quartz Dust
Ground Certus Quartz Crystal
Quartz Grind Stone
Block which when used with a crank, can grind many ores and crystals into dusts.
ME Basic Processor
Crafting ingredient for a large amount of ME Technology.
ME Advanced Processor
Crafting ingredient for a some ME Technology.
Vibration Catalyst
Vibrates the molecules in the targeted block causing it to go though a process similar to smelting.
Entropy Accelerator
Accelerates the ageing and cools of a single block in the world.
ME Wireless Access Terminal
Wireless access terminal for use with wireless access points.
Matter Cannon
A small hand held device which is capable of shooting small nuggets of matter
Quantum Field Ring
Outer blocks of a quantum network bridge, take power and propagate network signal to and from the bridge
Quantum Entangled Singularity
A pair of items which are used to establish a connection between network bridges.
ME Pattern Provider
A part of the MAC multi-block that stored encoded patterns.
ME Crafting CPU
Crafting CPU for use in the MAC Multiblock
ME Heat Vent
Forms the outside walls of the MAC Multiblock
ME Assembler Containment Wall
Containment wall which forms the outside frame of the MAC Multiblock
ME Controller
The controller is the heart of any ME Network, it also accepts power for the network.
ME Drive
Drive which can store up to 10 Storage Cells, and provides their inventory to the network
ME Chest
A simple single storage cell machine which gives direct access to the contents of a single cell, and provides the cells inventory to the network.
ME Access Terminal
Gives full access to the entire content of an ME Network
ME Crafting Terminal
Terminal which also functions as a Crafting table.
ME Crafting Monitor
Displays information about active crafting jobs, and lets you cancel jobs.
ME Cable
Uncolored cable that can connect ME Devices.
ME Import Bus
Imports items into the network, by removing them from the connected inventories
ME Export Bus
Exprots items out of the network, by placing them into connected inventories
ME Level Emitter
Outputs redstone signals depending on the number of a configured item in the network.
ME Storage Bus
Includes an external inventory such as a chest, into the networks storage.
ME Interface
Acts like a small inventory that can import and export to the network, also used in the crafting process.
ME IO Port
Can load and unload storage cells into and out of the network connected.
ME Wireless Access Point
Provides a range of wireless access at the point where the item is placed.
ME Dark Cable
Toggleable cable which can be used to segment your network into diffrent segments to alter functionality or reduce power drain.
ME Storage Monitor
Can be configured to display the number of a specific item that are stored in the network; can also be upgraded to insert / remove that item.
ME Power Relay
Block which accepts power and relays it to attached networks
ME Transition Plane
Surface which converts anything that touches it into energy form
P2P Tunnel
Point 2 Point Tunnel which can be configured to route items/power/liquids from one point to another in a network.
Spatial Pylon
A Marker used to mark a region of space for capture or deploy ment
ME Spatial IO Port
An IO Port used to capture / deploy regions of space defined by pylons.
ME Pattern Encoder
Used to convert blank patterns, into encoded patterns.
ME Partition Editor
Configure Storage cells to hold diffrent types of items and change how your system stores items.
ME Condenser
Condenses items and blocks into raw energy which can be dispersed or converted into a few select items
ME Bus Memory Card
Memory card that can be used to store, and transfer settings