The power required to run a mech suit is pretty immense, or so it would seem. I thought we could get away with just stuffing the power compartments of every single suit with dozens and dozens of AA batteries. I wasn’t going to be super cheap and use AAA, unless I had to.
But it’s no good – it’s terribly inefficient. The suit runs for about an hour, and then it’s kaput. You need to go out and purchase another 140 batteries, painstakingly insert every single one of them into the compartment and you get another hour. And if you put ONE of them in the wrong way, the whole suit won’t work at all.
You’d think this problem could be solved with commercial solar. Around Brisbane, you’d think, would be an ideal place to power a suit using nothing but the energy from the sun, so I don’t know why we set up shop all the way down here in the cloudy south. For what we’re asking, we need some really powerful solar technology. I guess they have that in Melbourne… but do they have the sun?
Solar energy is pretty hot right now (ha ha). Customers always have questions. What’s this costing me? What’s this costing the environment? Is me moving around in this mech suit contributing to the melting of the polar ice caps? Won’t somebody think of the ice caps?
You get it. Companies nowadays have to show that they’re committed to a green initiative, and solar panels are a great way to show that and recoup some costs. You just need a bit of cash to get them installed in the first place, which, uh… okay, so the process of manufacturing mech suits isn’t cheap, and we didn’t set aside anything in the budget for 100kw solar systems. If I’m honest, I’m still not 100% sure what a 100kw system is or how it helps, because my mind is numb from loading so many batteries.
Okay, FINE. I’ll look into it. For the glory of the coming mech suit empire.