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The Nuclear Reactor is a multi-block Energy Units (EU) generator added by IndustrialCraft 2, with GregTech and Nuclear Control adding more functionality to it. The nuclear reactor is not an especially very expensive generator, but it is tricky to operate and requires full IC2 ore processing via the Macerator, Ore Washing Plant and Thermal Centrifuge in order to get fuel.
The Nuclear reactor consist of 2 parts:
The Reactor Chambers can be placed against the sides of the Nuclear Reactor to increase it's inventory space and thus increasing the potential power output. This structure is often referred to as the 'core' or 'reactor'. This is only a empty hull though, to render the reactor operational, fuel and reactor components need to be placed inside it before any EU will be generated. See Building safe nuclear reactors for more information.
Reactor Associated Blocks
|Tooltip text||Power Output: 1-8196 EU/t Max|
|Max EU output||8196 EU/t|
|EU production||0-8196 EU/t|
The Nuclear Reactor is the sole block required to have a reactor, fuel and components are placed in, and EU will be output based off the layout of fuel rods when a redstone signal is applied. The inventory can be expanded by 6 slots per touching Reactor Chamber, up to a maximum of 54 slots if all 6 sides have a chamber touching.
Reactor Chambers are blocks that can be used to expand the storage space a Nuclear Reactor has. Each chamber will add 6 slots up to a maximum of total 54 slots. Reactor Chambers cannot be placed down without touching a Nuclear Reactor, and will drop as items if the Nuclear Reactor they are touching is broken. Power can be taken from Reactor Chambers as if the cable(s) were touching the Nuclear Reactor itself, and power is equally split between all the connected cables.