Power Advantage is a mod for Minecraft that provides a simple API for adding power systems (such as steam power) to Minecraft. By itself, Power Advantage adds some handy item conveyor machines (which don’t need power) that help you sort items and can transfer items upwards (unlike hoppers) and some machines for collecting, storing, and dispensing water/lava/liquids.
In the configuration file, you will find an option called recipe_mode. This option can be set to either NORMAL, APOCALYPTIC, or TECH_PROGRESSION (anything else will cause a crash on start-up). The recipe mode will change the recipes used for key crafting ingredients.
NORMAL recipes are intended to be as simple as possible, while TECH_PROGRESSION recipes are more complicated (thus harder) and generally represent the logic of the mod author. Setting recipe mode to APOCALYPTIC makes crafting machines much harder because key ingredients (such as the sprocket item) cannot be crafted from basic ingredients, but you will be able to smash machines with the Crack Hammer (new tool from the Base Metals mod) and recover precious parts. Thus, when playing in APOCALYPTIC recipe mode, you are encouraged to recycle/salvage/pillage for your machine parts.
The rotation wrench rotates any block that has a facing. Extra helpful when working on your item conveyors.
The sprocket is made from steel ingots plus either a stick or plastic ingot (depending on recipe mode). Its only use is as a crafting ingredient
Starch and Bioplastic
Some machines require plastic to craft. Fortunately, you can make bioplastic by cooking potato starch.
The steel frame is a neat-looking block that is also used in many machine recipes.
Item conveyors pull items from the inventory of the block behind them and insert the items into the block in front of them. Handy arrows painted on the side help you keep track of which end is in or out. Filtered item conveyors will drop items that match specific criteria. The filtered items will go either into the inventory of the block immediately beneath them or fall onto the ground (if there’s just air under the filtered conveyor). The example below shows a sorting system that separates food, ingots, blocks, and plants from the stream of items flowing through the conveyors.
Fluids are piped from one machine to another via an iron pipe. These pipes can carry any kind of fluid, including water and lava.
Drain, Portable Fluid Tank, Metal Fluid Tank, and Discharge
The drain machine collects fluids from the area above it and pumps it to other fluid machines via fluid pipes.
The portable fluid tank holds liquids and dispenses them to other machines.
The discharge is the opposite of a drain. It places fluid blocks in the space below it. You can fill a moat with it.
The metal fluid tank can also hold fluids, like the portable fluid tank, but breaking this block destroys the fluids contained within. On the plus side, the metal fluid tank can hold much more liquid than the portable fluid tank.