Tutorial:Setting up Aluminum Ingot production
Aluminum Production is unlocked at Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement. Once unlocked, you can set up Aluminum Ingot production.
Aluminum Ingot production is done in 3 steps. The first step is producing Alumina Solution, which requires Bauxite and Water, and has a byproduct of Silica. The second step is producing Aluminum Scrap, which takes Alumina Solution and has a byproduct of Water. The third step is producing Aluminum Ingot, which requires Aluminum Scrap and Silica.
Reusing waste Water is the main initial challenge when setting up Aluminum Ingot production. Piping it back to the original supply requires difficult piping. An alternative is to use waste water as the only source for a single Alumina Solution producer.
Here we focus on building a minimal unit that reuses all of the waste water, and doesn't get stuck.
Step 0 - basic resources
Acquire basic resources:
Over- or under-provisioning any resources will not break the setup. Under-provisioning will slow it down.
Step 1 - Alumina Solution production
Step 2 - Aluminum Scrap production
Step 3 - Aluminum Ingot production
This setup produces total of 180 Aluminum Ingot/m.
The setup described above can be used as a minimal unit (later called a Production Node), and repeated side-by-side to increase production. However, some improvements can be made. They save you building space, but not resources nor energy.
Improvement 1 - Reuse waste water Refinery from Step 1
Improvement 2 - Reuse scrap Refinery from Step 2