Power Plant Technologies of Charted Space

From Traveller Wiki - Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far future
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Imperial Sunburst-Sun-IISS-Traveller.gif

Power Plants are one of the most important technologies for any people, polity, or society.

  • Greater power plants greatly expand the range of technologies enabled by power or energy generation.
  • It is one of the Three Prime Technologies.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Technological societies require ever greater quantities of energy to fuel their increasingly sophisticated technologies. Indeed, one of the easiest ways of determining the technological sophistication of a sophont species is to scan a world from orbit to determine what sort of power generation are in use. Even the most basic communication methods require use of great power sources and electromagnetic spillage. Radio signals, for instance, can often be detected hundreds, thousands, or even millions of years after they were first generated.

Epochal Power Generation Periods[edit]

No information yet available.

Epochal Technological Periods Overview: Communications
Period Name Period's (TLs) Technology Scope Period Remarks


TL–0 Proto-tech Very early societies with fundamental technologies. (Alpha Period) Muscle Age Societies:
  • Physiological Power
  • Early dray domestication
Low Sophontic


TL:1-9 Ur-tech Foundational technologies with planetary-systemic (intrastellar) scope. (Ur Period) Combustible-Atomic Age Societies:


TL:10-18 Stell-tech Interstellar technologies with an polystellar (intragalactic) scope. (Stellar Period) Fusion Age Societies:
High Sophontic


TL:19-27 Ultra-tech Galactic technologies with a polygalactic scope. (Galactic Period) Antimatter Age Societies:


TL:28-30 Dei-Tech Astrodeific technologies with a universal scope. (Transgalactic Period) TBD


TL:31-33 Omni-tech Bhodhisattivan technologies with a polytemporal, trans-dimensional scope. (Omega Period) Unimaginable.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Almost without exception, all sophont societies seek to modify and control their environments through increasing accumulation of power generation and technology. Among the earliest power generation methods can often be found individual muscle power, dray beasts, and the mastering of water ways through water wheels and the like. From such early methods are developed much more sophisticated power generation technologies capable of generating ever greater amounts of energy.

By TL–15, Fusion Plus is well established and future research into antimatter power plants and even more sophisticated methods is well under way.

Kardaschev Ratings[edit]

An ancient Terran scientist, Nikolai Kardaschev, once proposed a system to measure and classify a civilization's potential energy use and level of mastery. The Terran Confederation brought these ideas to Charted Space and the Rule of Man made them an enduring part of interstellar society.

See also[edit]


References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

62px-Information icon.svg.png This article is missing content for one or more detailed sections. Additional details are required to complete the article. You can help the Traveller Wiki by expanding it.
This list of sources was used by the Traveller Wiki Editorial Team and individual contributors to compose this article. Copyrighted material is used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author. The page history lists all of the contributions.