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Can someone please explain what a battery does?

It helps store excees energy so if your power supply gets cut off or if your suing to much energy from a large distance to high drain machines so they dont loss enerygy to fast.

you should have batteries to avoid loss of power in weapons but if you are loosing power in machines then you should make more generators.

I do not dispute that but what i was referring to was the distance plays a part in the distribution of power as well so if you have 3 lines connected to 1 node and farthest one has all your defenses then it would loss out to the other 2 nodes unless you stored some power during the round so that you had a reliable source when the wave came Generation is a key but distribution is the bottle neck unless you want to waste resources to build redundancies 

if you have an energy overflow you can store the power in your batteries for later use. (for Example: you are using the water extractor to power the steam generator to generate power and you don´t have other generators, you have to power the extractor by the generator, but the generator needs water to give power now you use the power from the batteries) :) could be shorter but I hope u understand

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it stores enrgy

it stores powe

Generators act as a storage for surplus energy that:

A) Sustains machinery and energy-weapons when cut from your power grid.

B) You consume more energy than your power grid has, like if you build too much machinery and need to resolve a power crisis, or you have a ton of energy-weapons.