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Old December 28 2013, 03:36 PM   #18
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Re: What does a New colony need?

Frankincense + Myrrh wrote: View Post
JirinPanthosa wrote: View Post
So basically you'd need the energy yield of a nuke to so much as make breakfast.
It's alway seemed to me that what your source material was would play a part in how much energy was required. If you wanted a thousand big steel bolts for construction, the replicator would need less power if you fed in iron ore as opposed to handfuls of dirt. The finished product wouldn't have to have it's density changed very much. It would still need a boat load of power, but somewhat less.

And I would assume that the 24th century would do better than the 1/30 conversion rate that modern solar technology achieves, and that's before the possible energy achieved by disassembling protons themselves.
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