The stations more or less directly capture energy from the heat, the light, the magnetic field*
, and send it elsewhere via huge quantum connections. It's the same principle humanities' FTL communications are based off of, but instead of a band with a digital data channel of 1s and 0s, it's effectively just sending a bunch of 1's that the receiver drains the energy from (back to 0) and the power station recharges them. It's just the quantum bandwidth is literally millions of times larger in the power station than a normal quantum comms device, tens of thousands of times larger than even Fleet C3 quantum arrays. The huge quantum power array- the only way to get the energy safely from the star to wherever it's going- is about 70% of the power station's overall mass. 20% is the obnoxiously powerful shield generators to prevent it from being burnt to a cinder, and the remaining 10% is everything else.
The stations themselves are several dozen times larger than all four of NAH's dreadnoughts put together. That, combined with the inability for fleets to be stationed to them, makes them very easy
targets, and generally they provide the vast majority of the power for any civilian space installation in the system, along with a portion going to any planet itself.*
. These factors make them very inviting
targets, so the xenophobic, isolationist NAH armed them with point defenses.
edited 31st Aug '12 8:32:02 PM by SOCR