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The initial quantities of Niobium can be obtained from Space Destinations. The destination's content has to be revealed with Research Module first to uncover Niobium deposits there. After that Niobium can be recovered as any solid resource with a Cargo Bay. In each game there is only one planet (Superconductive Asteroid) which yields Niobium metal in the base game and one Niobium Volcano in the Spaced Out! DLC.
After the first batches of Thermium are produced it becomes possible to refine more Niobium from Thermium:
- 100 kg Thermium = 100 kg Niobium.
- 100 kg Thermium = 50 kg Niobium + 50 kg Sand.
Niobium increases the overheat temperature of buildings it was used to construct by 500°C and decor value by 50%. However, there is no strong reason to build anything with Niobium and not Thermium when Overheating bonus and Thermal Conductivity are considered, unless Tungsten supplies are low. There is an exception when using Niobium as decorative material because it equals to Gold but can be used as Metal Ore.
- Thermium can be converted into Niobium at 1:1 rate in the Metal Refinery. This is effectively converting 95 kg of Tungsten into Niobium, thus, only one or two trips to a Niobium-containing destination may be required to "prime" the further conversion.