Silicon Ore is one of the basic natural resources found in the universe. Found in a few places in the galaxy, it can be harvested and processed locally. As a semi-conductor, Silicon is useful in many electrical applications, from transistors to processors. After refinement, other processes can make use of silicon to form complex components.
Each level of the Veins Utilizationupgrade increases the mining rate by a flat 10%, and reduces the consumption rate by a compounding 6%.
See here for a table of veins required to fill Belts per level of Veins Utilization.
Player Tips & Tricks
While it is possible to process Silicon Ore from Stone on your home planet, this is a highly inefficient and timely method. Most starting star systems have at least one planet with Silicon Veins. Mining these allows for much faster production.
As there is only one use for Silicon Ore, it is best to immediately smelt it into High-Purity Silicon as opposed to storing Silicon Ore.
As it takes two Silicon Ore to produce each High-Purity Silicon, it can be advantageous to smelt the ore where it is mined before passing the silicon to an Interstellar Logistics Station for transport, as this halves the required trips.
Small quantities of Silicon Ore are sometimes found from rocks and pebbles manually collected by the mech on the starter world.