TL;DR - For the possible power you can get from the ARC Reactor, it is not worth the effort (compared to vanilla power options) to go through all the steps to achieve ARC power.
Here’s the numbers in my scenario: (All numbers are AS OF THE DATE OF THIS POST)
600pm E65 mined
600pm E65 + 60pm Sulfuric acid in 8 refineries = 60pm refined E65
60pm refined E65 + 600pm uranium in 16 refineries = 120pm Unfiltered Deuterium
120pm Unfiltered Deuterium + 240pm packaged water in 16 refineries = 120pm Liquid Deuterium
120pm Liquid Deuterium + 24 Advanced reactor casings in 48 refineries = 24pm Advanced Reactor Core
According to the mod page “Reactor will consume 10 Cores per minute, and 30m^3 of coolant per minute at max capacity.”
So, by my calculations all the work above in 88 refineries will produce enough cores to run 2 ARC Reactors generating a total of 10GW. That’s not including the dozens of other support machines to supply coolant powder, packaged water, sulfuric acid, uranium, and advanced reactor casings.
By contrast, I have a fuel generator farm of 40 generators producing 6GW from turbo fuel. This is done with one Oil Extractor, 14 refineries, and of course the 40 fuel generators. There is a small amount of compacted coal needed as well.
I can out produce (12GW to 10GW) 2 ARC Reactors with 2 fuel generator farms for a small fraction of the resources and effort.
I know the recipes have been changed recently and they are MUCH better now but still not worth the effort IMHO.
My suggestion to calibrate the effort to power ratio: Instead of requiring 10pm cores in the reactors, change it to 2pm. That way, if I do go through the Herculean effort above, at least I’ll come out of it with 50GW of power instead of 10GW.
If my math is wrong, please correct me. I realize the mod is a WIP and so I offer this feedback to make it better. Thanks for the awesome work so far and keep it up!