Plutonium Fuel Rod

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Plutonium Fuel Rods are a very late-game fuel produced by reprocessing  Uranium Waste. They give off extremely strong radiation.

Burning Plutonium Fuel Rods in Nuclear Power Plants produces  Plutonium Waste, which, unlike Uranium Waste, cannot be reprocessed and has to be stored indefinitely. By sinking the rods in an AWESOME Sink instead, no Plutonium Waste is produced. This means the player has a choice between producing additional power but having to store permanent Plutonium Waste, or sinking the rods, producing no extra power but getting rid of all  Uranium Waste, therefore, running a waste-free nuclear power setup.

Alternatively, they can be used as vehicle fuel, without producing any Plutonium Waste.



Recipe Ingredients Produced in Products Unlocked by
Plutonium Fuel Rod
30 × Encased Plutonium Cell.pngEncased Plutonium Cell7.5 / min
18 × Steel Beam.pngSteel Beam4.5 / min
6 × Electromagnetic Control Rod.pngElectromagnetic Control Rod1.5 / min
10 × Heat Sink.pngHeat Sink2.5 / min
240 sec
1 × Plutonium Fuel Rod.pngPlutonium Fuel Rod0.25 / min
Tier 8 - Particle Enrichment
Plutonium Fuel Unit
20 × Encased Plutonium Cell.pngEncased Plutonium Cell10 / min
1 × Pressure Conversion Cube.pngPressure Conversion Cube0.5 / min
120 sec
1 × Plutonium Fuel Rod.pngPlutonium Fuel Rod0.5 / min
Tier 8 - Particle Enrichment

Alternate recipes analysis

The following shows different ways to produce 1 Plutonium Fuel Rod / second, or 60 / min:
Plutonium Fuel Rod alts.png

Recipe Iron Ore
/min (WP)
Copper Ore
/min (WP)
/min (WP)
/min (WP)
Caterium Ore
/min (WP)
Raw Quartz
/min (WP)
/min (WP)
Crude Oil
m3/min (WP)
/min (WP)
Nitrogen Gas
m3/min (WP)
Total WP Total Energy
/item (MJ)
Default 4805.77
33097.76 94362.50 502002 2755.95 10125
Unit 3639.41
29177.05 73054.76 391436 2300.81 6750



Recipe Ingredients Produced in Products Unlocked by
Plutonium Fuel Rod (burning)
1 × Plutonium Fuel Rod.pngPlutonium Fuel Rod0.1 / min
2,400 × Water.pngWater240 / min
10 × Plutonium Waste.pngPlutonium Waste1 / min
Tier 8 - Particle Enrichment


 Plutonium Fuel Rod can be sunk into the AWESOME Sink.png AWESOME Sink to yield 153 184 points.

Sinking of Plutonium Fuel rods is intentional, as it gives players the choice described above.[1]

Vehicle Fuel

Plutonium Fuel rods can loaded into the fuel tank of wheeled vehicles be either manually by the Pioneer or automatically through a Truck Station. Caution should be used as the Plutonium Fuel Rods will still generate intense radiation in a Truck Station or while in a fuel tank waiting to be consumed. Once consumed by the vehicle, the radiation will cease.

Plutonium Fuel Rods are the most effective form of fuel for vehicles, providing hours of power with a single fuel rod.

  • The Tractor runs for 7 hours 34 minutes 32 seconds per fuel rod.
  • The Truck runs for 5 hours 33 minutes 20 seconds per fuel rod.
  • The Explorer runs for 4 hours 37 minutes 46 seconds per fuel rod.
  • The Cyber Wagon runs for 2 hours 46 minutes 40 seconds per fuel rod.


  • Uranium Waste can be completely eliminated if the Plutonium Fuel Rods are sunk. If the Plutonium Fuel Rods are burned in Nuclear Power Plants, the amount of Waste is still greatly reduced.
    • Depending on the recipes used, Uranium Waste is converted to Plutonium Fuel Rods at a rate between 200:1 and 200:5.33. As 1 Plutonium Fuel Rod makes 10 Plutonium Waste, the Plutonium Waste will be between 5% and 26.67% of what the Uranium Waste was. This means that storage will last between 20x and 3.75x as long compared to if the Uranium Waste were unprocessed.
    • The storage area will, however, be more radioactive as Plutonium Waste is more radioactive than Uranium Waste.
  • When making Plutonium Fuel Rods in order to destroy Uranium Waste, the default recipes are best since they have the highest ratio of waste consumed to power used.
    • Without Overclocking or using alternate recipes, one Manufacturer creating Plutonium Fuel Rods can use all the Uranium Waste of five Nuclear Power Plants with no Uranium Waste left over and constant Plutonium Fuel Rod production.
    • The Uranium Waste-handling chain consumes 483 MJ/Uranium Waste, not counting other inputs which make up only a small portion of consumption. By comparison, a uranium-burning Nuclear Power Plant produces 15,000 MJ/Uranium Waste.
    • A production module using whole machines includes 3 Assemblers, 2 Manufacturers, 2 Blenders and 1 Particle Accelerator not counting other inputs. This setup consumes 100 Uranium Waste/min (or the output of 10 Nuclear Power Plants), and uses 805 MW.
  • Consuming Plutonium Fuel Rods increases the nuclear power generation capacity by 89% when compared to sinking them.
  • Given the extremely long burn time and intense radiation it is not recommend to automatically refuel vehicles with Plutonium Fuel Rods. Automatic refueling will create intense radiation from the Plutonium Fuel Rods stored in the Truck Station performing the refueling, and it will create a moving intense radiation area from the vehicle loaded with fuel that could take hours, days, or weeks to consume.


  • The most Plutonium Fuel Rods that can be made per minute is 30.54 alongside 22.91 Uranium Fuel Rods.[2] However, this does not yield the most power. Producing 22.4 Plutonium Fuel Rods alongside 50.4 Uranium Fuel Rods does,[3] sustaining a total of 476 Nuclear Power Plants producing exactly 1,190,000 MW (or 1.19 TW) of power.
    • After subtracting the power used to run this system itself (~99.8 GW), the net power is about 1.090 TW. Cost of Miners and Extractors included. The cost of transportation, such as trains, is not included.



  • Patch
    • Halved Plutonium Waste output per minute (was 2 per generator, is now 1).
    • Energy value increased from 375,000 MJ to 1,500,000 MJ
    • Default recipe:
      • Changed recipe craft time from 120 to 240 seconds
      • Changed Encased Plutonium Cell cost from 15 to 30
      • Changed Steel Beam cost from 8 to 18
      • Changed Electromagnetic Control Rod cost from 3 to 6
      • Changed Heat Sink cost from 5 to 10
    • Alternate: Plutonium Fuel Unit:
      • Changed recipe craft time from 60 to 120 seconds
      • Changed Encased Plutonium Cell cost from 10 to 20
  • Patch Introduced

See also