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Power Systems
The numbers indicate a "tech level" corresponding to the History section.
Antimatter reactor 2 Antimatter is released to react with matter. Big energy results in the form of high-energy gamma rays which are harvested into heat and electricity. Antiparticles may be delivered to the ship by tanker, harvested raw from nature, or produced by an on-board antimatter generator. They are stored in a containment unit.
Compost system 1 Every ship is a closed environment with limited resources and will generally have some sort of aggressive, highly advanced waste reclamation system. In the case of a composter, all the organic waste produced on the ship is gathered and exploited. Engineered bacteriological agents and nanites are used to convert waste products into reusable materials and energy.
Fuel cell 1
The fuel cell is a highly functional, high scalable source of energy. Basically, the fuel cell combines hydrogen and oxygen and produces electricity and either water or steam. The water can be reclaimed and easily split back into hydrogen and oxygen by hooking up the fuel cell to an external energy source.
Fuel cells are used almost like batteries, to provide extra power beyond normal reactor levels under duress, and their reaction reversed by power from the reactor during normal running. In systems that produce steam, it can itself be harvested and used to drive turbines as a secondary source of electricity. Fuel cells also make excellent power sources for localized sections of starships and for specific onboard equipment and vehicles.
Fusion Reactor 1
Nuclei of atoms are fused together in an endothermic reaction. The energy of the fusion reaction is harvested by a Concipital Trajector Field, which converts the heat and molecular kinetics from the reaction into DC electricity.

Fusion reactors are a fairly common source of power, particularly as supplementary or backup power sources. They tend to simple, safe, reliable sources of power from plentiful fuel sources..

Particle Furnace   The particle furnace uses rotated particles as fuel, using quantum fields to control the release of energy from their Blind dimension and harnessing the resulting dirty energy with a Concipital Trajector Field to create heat and electricity.

Rotated particles see fairly common use in handheld weapons but are not suitable for similarly sized power sources. Large, delicate quantum field generators are needed to control their reversion to the Tangible state in a manner that is safe and controlled enough to produce harnessable power. This and the need for storing large quantities of potentially dangerous rotated particles limits their use to large reactor-type installations suitable for powering starships and cities.

Singularity generator 6 "Small", artificially created black holes. They spit off a number of interesting and useful particles, including matter/antimatter pairs, as well as a certain amount of heat. The smaller the singularity, the more energy it releases. They need to be fed matter or they become unstable and explode in a burst of intense radiation. While they are tiny, the equipment used to contain the singularity and harvest its products is enormous. They are generally only found on massive ships, outposts, and stations.
Solar 1 Every ship is a closed environment with limited resources and will generally have some sort of aggressive, highly advanced passive energy collection system. Passive energies emitted by suns can be harvested and stored for later use or to power self-charging nanites.

Storage & Distribution
The electrical power used to power a starship is buffered through a very complicated containment and storage system. A series of isolators, batteries, and capacitors are used to buffer, clean, and store the energy for a variety of uses. The whole system is controlled by biocomputers and proactively regulates and distributes power.

Starship power systems generally involve a reactor which ultimately creates electrical power. The electrical power is boosted up or down to appropriate power levels through transformers and its flow controlled by isolators. The electricity is portioned to various systems and stored for later use in batteries. Before being applied to systems, it will be conditioned through capacitors. Carbon nanotube ultracapacitors may also be charged to provide short bursts of energy far beyond the levels the power systems can normally produce.
As a whole, the power distribution and conditioning system of a starship is generally referred to as the Feednet and is usually controlled and regulated intelligently by biocomputer Encephalons.