Posted Thu, Aug 04, 2011 by Space Junkie
Player owned starbases are satellites that have several lucrative applications. Though maintaining them requires an expensive cocktail of fuels imported from Jita, you can offset that need by making your own fuel on planets.
This is probably most helpful in wormholes, which often do not have a reliable connection with high-sec or cannot use it indiscriminately. It is also handy in null-sec and low-sec, where travel between solar systems can be tear-inducingly dangerous. For most players it is therefore very convenient to generate a large portion of the fuel in-system.
Praise For Planets
A goodly portion of your POS fuel can be made on-site.
When dealing with POS, convenience and human interaction are generally the most limiting factors. So it's best to reduce the hassle of keeping one up and running by generating the fuels yourself, with minimal need for hauling and paying market markups. Though not all POS fuel can be made on planets and a good portion comes from ice mining, it is still a good idea to generate as much as you can, locally and on your own.
Understanding POS Fuels
The fuel types are a little difficult to get your head around at first, but please try to bear with me. Each POS has a fuel bay which must be constantly supplied, or else the tower will go offline. Those fuels come from planets and ice asteroids, with an additional NPC-purchased item required if your POS is in high-security space. With me so far? Good. One of the ice asteroid fuel types varies depend on what EVE race made your POS. There is also a final, special fuel that is stored separately and is only consumed when the tower is under attack. It is called strontium clathrates.
Sourcing Your Fuels
Isotopes, heavy water, liquid ozone, and strontium clathrates usually need to come from Jita or at least high-sec. It is possible to mine them yourself from ice belts, but there is generally better stuff that you could be doing with your time.
However, the planetary materials can be supplied in part or full by building them on local planets. If you're exceptionally lucky, you may even be able to set up in a solar system that has the right planets for all your needs. If you are somewhat less lucky, you may need to branch out into nearby solar systems to get the fuel types you need.