And while lightning strikes vary in strength, Dr. Brown was right: **they can produce 1.21 gigawatts of power**. That’s a sobering fact when you consider that lightning is Utah’s second deadliest natural hazard and has been for the last 15 years according to Utah.gov.

## Is 1.21 gigawatts a real thing?

**1.21 gigawatts would power more than 10 million light bulbs or one fictional flux capacitor in a time-traveling DeLorean**.

## Can plutonium generate 1.21 gigawatts?

**could generate the 1.21 gigawatts**of momentary power required for temporal displacement of the vehicle while traveling at 88 miles per hour.

## Is it 1.21 gigawatts or Jigawatts?

**1.21 JIGOWATTS**!” he says over and over. That's how it's written in the script — jigowatt. But you won't find the word in the dictionary.

## How powerful is a Jigawatt?

**1.3 million horsepower**. Here's a more practical measurement, though: One gigawatt is enough energy to power about 750,000 homes.

## Is a Jigawatt a real thing?

Without fact checking the movie in too much detail, **a gigawatt is a real measure of power**. A gigawatt is equal to one billion watts, and most of us are familiar with a watt. The light bulbs in our homes are typically between 60 and 100 watts.

## How much power is 1gw?

A watt is a measure of power and there are **1 billion watts** in 1 GW. (And if you wanted to break it down even further, 1 million watts = 1 megawatt [MW] and 1,000 watts = 1 kilowatt [kW].)

## How many homes will 1 gigawatt power?

For those who are looking for more power, how’s this: One gigawatt is equivalent to 1.3 million horsepower. Here’s a more practical measurement, though: One gigawatt is enough energy to power **about 750,000 homes**.

## What did I tell you 88 miles per hour?

Emmett Brown : [the DeLorean has just made the first time-jump] Ah! What did I tell you? 88 miles per hour! **The temporal displacement occurred exactly 1:20 a.m. and zero seconds!**

## Are 1.21 gigawatts real?

A gigawatt is equal to one billion watts, and most of us are familiar with a watt. The light bulbs in our homes are typically between 60 and 100 watts. So **1.21 gigawatts would power more than 10 million light bulbs or one fictional flux capacitor in a time-traveling DeLorean**.

## What’s bigger than a gigawatt?

A megawatt-hour (MWh) is one million Wh or 1000 kWh, a gigawatt-hour (GWh) is 1,000 MWh, and a **terawatt-hour** (TWh) is one trillion Wh, or 1,000 GWh. Mcf: Natural gas production is often measured volumetrically in cubic feet (cf).

## How many homes can 1 MW power?

As indicated in Figure 1, 1 MW of dispatchable capacity can serve **about 1200 California homes** if measured in terms of the electricity produced by an average MW in kilowatt-hours (kWh), or about 600 homes if the MW is measured at peak times.

## What is 1gw?

A gigawatt is equal to **one billion watts**, and most of us are familiar with a watt. The light bulbs in our homes are typically between 60 and 100 watts. So 1.21 gigawatts would power more than 10 million light bulbs or one fictional flux capacitor in a time-traveling DeLorean.

## How much does a nuclear power plant cost?

Cost is a big one. More than safety or waste issues, cost is nuclear’s Achilles’ heel. Modern-day reactors have become jarringly expensive to build, going for **$5 billion to $10 billion a pop**. Worse, the price tag seems to be rising in many places.

## How fast do they go in Back to the Future?

**88 mph (142 km/h)** was chosen as the time travel speed because it was easy to remember and looked “cool” on the speedometer.

## Why is everything so heavy in the future?

Dr. Emmett Brown: There’s that word again. “Heavy.” Why are things so heavy in the future? **Is there a problem with the Earth’s gravitational pull?**

## How long is a Petawatt hour?

Petawatt hour is a multiple of energy unit watt hour. One petawatt hour is equal to **1000000000 megawatthours**.

## How many windmills would it take to power the US?

To answer that question, AWEA’s manager of industry data analysis, John Hensley, did the following math: 4.082 billion megawatt-hours (the average annual US electricity consumption) divided by 7,008 megawatt-hours of annual wind energy production per wind turbine equals approximately **583,000 onshore turbines**.