The power system of a suit of power armor is absolutely necessary for it's operations. None of the little gadgets and gizmos on board would even function without a power system. Traditionally, all suits of power armor are electric in operations, but the manner of supply is different from suit to suit. Some suits are powered by batteries or energy clips, but most by far are powered by a vague "nuclear power supply". In the RIFTS Books these are described as miniature nuclear reactors. If this were the reality of things though, they would be terribly dangerous to everyone involved with their operations, the environment they operated within, and to any innocents around them. With as many suits of power armor that are destroyed in the wars of the RIFTS world - the whole of it would be an irradiated wasteland, devoid of any form of life. Thus, through research, I have discovered that these are in fact - NOT - nuclear reactors in the conventional thinking. Instead of being powered by dangerous Uranium in a fission reaction, it is powered by a source of hafnium, bombarded with X-Rays, that releases a burst of gamma radiation. This gamma radiation superheats a cylinder of water which in turn spins a small turbine to extreme speeds. This turbine generates electricity for the power armor suit. The payoff to a hafnium powered reactor, is that when the X-Ray generator is turned off, the reaction stops instantly, the gamma radiation emitted ceases, and the turbine ceases to spin within a few moments. Hafnium is also only moderately radioactive, and is not seen as any real danger to the environment. Furthermore, what little radiation it does emit, has a half life of only 31 years. In our campaign world ALL of the power supplies described as nuclear reactors are these hafnium power sources. Prices of these systems are based upon the layout costs. REMEMBER: You have fifteen freebee S.R. to use to select environmental systems and power systems.S-Mart C.E.P.S. Conventional Electrical Power Supply: This is the first model of electrical power offered by S-Mart for power armor. This is a simple system utilized by basic exoskeletons, or for some utility types. It can operate off of a single energy cell rechargeable via cable, or in the alternative it may be powered by a pair of removable energy clips. The real drawback to this system is that aside from sensory, environmental, control, and interface systems NO other systems may draw power from this power source without draining it very quickly. For an additional cost, the number of energy clips/energy cells capable of being fitted, may be doubled to boost the operational duration of the suit.
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