What is the benefit of storing water in tank?

What is the benefit of storing water in tank instead of driving it directly into boilers and steam engines?


My old answer still holds true for 0.14 Factorio and earlier, but the new steam mechanics introduced in 0.15 and up change the rules drastically.

There is, however, still a use case for storing water in tanks, and that’s for buffer purposes.

Especially later on you may wind up migrating to a hybrid solar and steam setup for your power usage; in those cases, the draw on your steam engines and/or turbines will be significantly higher at night time. By using tanks to store water and/or heated steam during the daytime you can guarantee a steady supply at night when the draw might otherwise exceed the capacity of your pipe network.

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