Chemical Plant
Complex for the industrial output of chemical elements.

Because of danger to bionts and delicate ecosystems, chemical plants are usually located in special industrial zones, usually in separate orbitals to those carrying biont populations. Factors such as economies of scale make chemical plants viable even in the nanotech world. Many chemical plants include or incorporate picoscale components to enable synthesis of unusual or non-naturally occurring substances. Regulations for the establishment and running of a chemical plant differ widely according to polity, plant design, environmental impact, process optimization, heat output and heat and mass transfer, pollution control and toxicity or not of the manufactured products. Most chemical plants are run by dedicated ai and involve numerous safety features.
 
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 24 September 2001.