mega·​watt | \ ˈme-gə-ˌwät How to pronounce megawatt (audio) \

Definition of megawatt

: one million watts

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The Pentagon wants a reactor capable of making 1 to 10 megawatts of electricity, and is clear that the reactor needs to be safe, incapable of melting down and contaminating nearby troops with harmful radioactivity. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Critics Roast the Department of Defense’s Battlefield Nuclear Reactor," 25 Feb. 2019 The farm is permitted to install up to 60 turbines with a combined capacity of 100 megawatts, or 1 million watts. John Funk,, "Northwest Ohio wind farm will supply GM plants in Ohio, Indiana," 1 May 2018 Until this year, no floating solar systems had more than a 100 megawatt peak capacity, but as of 2018, several 100 MW floating solar systems have been connected to the grid, the largest being a 150 MW floating plant. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Floating solar is more than panels on a platform—it’s hydroelectric’s symbiont," 3 Nov. 2018 Soluna, a bitcoin-mining company, is going to start construction on a 36 megawatt (MW) wind farm near Dakhla, Morocco, in January 2019, company spokesperson Yoav Reisler told Ars. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Construction to begin on 36 megawatt Moroccan wind farm for Bitcoin mining," 18 Sep. 2018 Powering Up Wind turbines have been getting bigger as industry players vie for ever more powerful designs, climbing from under a megawatt to the brink of the double-digit threshold. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "The Race to Build a Wind Behemoth," 24 Aug. 2018 Radenovic's team concluded that a three by three-foot square of the stuff, dotted with these tiny pores on only 30 percent of the material, could produce a megawatt of power through the osmosis of fresh and very salty water. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "Marvelous Mini Generator Draws Energy From Saltwater," 13 July 2016 As part of the announcement, Kunakey shared a snap of herself posing naked on the beach complete with a megawatt smile, salty strands, and a bare bump peeking out from beneath the supersized straw hat in hand. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This French Model’s Beach Snaps Are Pregnancy Body Confidence at Its Finest," 1 Feb. 2019 Longroad Energy expects the wind farm to be online in June 2019, and the company said the project has a 15-year energy hedge with Citigroup Energy Inc. Texas leads the U.S. with more than 22,000 megawatts of wind energy installed. Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "Turbines on the way for $300 million wind farm," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of megawatt

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for megawatt

mega- + watt

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The first known use of megawatt was circa 1900

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English Language Learners Definition of megawatt

: a unit of electrical power equal to one million watts


mega·​watt | \ ˈmeg-ə-ˌwät How to pronounce megawatt (audio) \

Medical Definition of megawatt

: one million watts abbreviation MW

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