giga·​watt | \ ˈji-gə-ˌwät How to pronounce gigawatt (audio) , ˈgi- How to pronounce gigawatt (audio) \

Definition of gigawatt

: a unit of power equal to one billion watts

Examples of gigawatt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Together, the factories will cost about 5 billion euros add production capacity to 48 gigawatt-hours of batteries. Brian Parkin,, "Europe Pushes on With Gigafactory Plan to Rival Tesla," 10 May 2020 The country wants to be a leader in solar power and is aiming for 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022, with the majority of that to come from solar. Helen Regan, CNN, "Why China and India shouldn't let coronavirus justify walking back climate action," 20 May 2020 Germany, where onshore building had slowed considerably, installed over a gigawatt of offshore capacity. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "2019 saw over 60 gigawatts of wind power installed," 27 Mar. 2020 The European Commission anticipates renewable energy rising to greater than 80 percent of Europe’s power supply in 2050, supported by more than 50 gigawatts of electrolyzers—the capacity of approximately 50 nuclear power plants. Peter Fairley, Scientific American, "Solar and Wind Power Could Ignite a Hydrogen Energy Comeback," 1 Feb. 2020 With a capacity of 1.2 gigawatts, Hornsea One will generate nearly twice the power of Orsted's Walney Extension — the current largest offshore wind farm in the world, located in the Irish Sea. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "The world's largest offshore wind farm is nearly complete. It can power 1 million homes," 25 Sep. 2019 The effort may have consumed about 2.8 gigawatt-hours of electricity, estimates Evan Sparks, CEO of Determined AI, a startup that provides software to help companies manage AI projects. Will Knight, Wired, "AI Can Do Great Things—If It Doesn't Burn the Planet," 21 Jan. 2020 And, four other projects that total 7.4 gigawatts in capacity, are up for sanctioning in the 2020s. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Equinor wind project to rank among largest offshore developments in world as wind investment soars," 24 Sep. 2019 Barakah will supply 6 gigawatts of low-carbon electricity in the next few years. Yousef Al Otaiba, WSJ, "A Successful Mideast Nuclear Deal," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of gigawatt

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jun 2020

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“Gigawatt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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