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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 ( a lava planet ) which yields Niobium metal and one Niobium Volcano.
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. As decorative material it also equals to Gold, which is more abundant.
- 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.