Description & Characteristics
A GN Condenser holds onto excess GN Particles for the mobile suit to fuel various functions within its frame without the need to redirect GN Particles from other systems. The material itself has been not clearly defined, and the material(s) that GN Condensers are composed of have never been properly identified. This highly durable material can be weaponized, capable of retaining intense heats and generating beam energy. Celestial Being was able to perfect said weaponization with the development of the GN-0000/7S 00 Gundam Seven Sword. The data from this unit would later be used to create a new generation of solid GN Particle blade weapons that could both cut through objects with even greater efficiency and be used to either generate a beam saber or simulate beam fire. GN Condensers can be divided into 2 different sub-classes: the "Frame-Type" variant and the "Drive-Type" variant.
The first and most commons are the numerous, miniature condensers that are distributed throughout a GN mobile suit's body. Physically, they appear as orb-shaped devices, and are used to supply power to different sections of the suit and keep an excess amount of GN Particles stored for future use. Because the supply of GN Particles a GN Drive can provide at any given time is limited, the Drive alone is not be able to provide the amount of particles needed to perform a specific function should it exceed the Drive's output rate. With GN Condensers implemented, a mobile suit that expends more GN Particles than are being generated, the store of GN Particles within the condensers can add to the overall particle supply available to the mobile suit. When the mobile suit is producing excess particles, such as when the mobile suit is on standby, the excess particles are redirected to the GN Condensers to recharge them. GN Condensers of this type are also often integrated into the weapons of a mobile suit for a similar purpose.
The color of the GN Condensers on "Original Drive" mobile suits are typically green, while the condensers on Tau Drive mobile suits tend to be either violet or blue. It should be noted, however, that the color of neither the GN Particles nor the condensers themselves automatically denotes the GN Particles that are stored within. An example of this deception would be the Tau Drive-equipped Gundam Astraea, which possesses green condensers but uses orange-colored GN Particles. These body condensers can also be used for communications purposes among friendly units.
While Tau Drive mobile suits also make use GN Condensers like Original Drive mobile suits do, their ability to store particles are relatively more limited than those of Original Drive mobile suits. The reason why this is so is because their finite operational time limits the total amount of particles they can produce before running out of electricity reserves. Original Drives on the other hand, can continuously recharge their GN Condensers without any risk of exhausting their energy supplies. The higher compression rates used by Original GN Drives combined with their more extensive use of GN Condensers for particle storage gives them a performance advantage over Tau Drive suits.
The other class of GN Condenser is the larger, high-capacity variant. These are usually used by Celestial Being to either act as an actual replacement of a GN Drive on both their older mobile suits (since they do not have any spare GN Drives), or as the primary power-plant of support units such as the GNR-010 0 Raiser,GNR-101A GN Archer and even on ships like the CBS-70 Ptolemaios. This form of the condenser usually releases its stored GN Particles at a stable, steady output rate until depleted although instant depletion of the whole storage is also an option through Trans-Am. One weakness of the Large GN Condenser is that it possess inferior operational time relative to Tau Drives, who store energy in the form of electricity before conversion to GN Particles. While these large GN Condensers are usually used as GN Drive substitutes, they are sometimes used to further enhance particle capacity of mobile suits who already possess GN Drive powerplants. Examples of suits that utilize this include the Brave Test Types as well as one of optional setups for the GN-XIV.
Aside from mobile weapons, GN Condensers are also used as the main power source for A-LAWS' automatons. The handgun that Ali used to shoot Setsuna in Krugis also appear to have GN Particle residue and effect though its unknown whether it makes use of a GN Condenser in any capacity. By 2364, new generation space suits appear to be equipped with parts that resemble GN Condensers though it is unconfirmed at this point whether they are or are nor GN Condensers.
GN Particle Distribution System
The "GN Particle Distribution System" (unofficial name) is a system used by GN based mobile suits to transfer GN Particles within their own bodies among the GN Drive, GN Condensers, and other equipment in the mobile suits. They are two known types for the system. The first system is one that uses large purple cables to transfer the particles within the mobile suit and is used by Celestial Being up until 2308. The second system is a more efficient and advanced direct body system where the particles are directly transferred via the actual body using direct links. This system was already in use by Tau Drive factions as early as 2308 and was only adapted by Celestial Being for their 2312 models.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 MG 1/100 GN-001 Gundam Exia manual
- ↑ Gundam 00 1st Mechanics book
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 300 Years Later
- ↑ Mobile Suit Gundam 00V Senki Mission 5 "0.03 Seconds"
- ↑ High Grade 1/144 GNX-704T Ahead manual
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 1/100 GN-0000+GNR-010 00 Raiser manual