tera·​watt | \ ˈter-ə-ˌwät How to pronounce terawatt (audio) \

Definition of terawatt

: a unit of power equal to one trillion watts

Examples of terawatt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That process consumes the same amount of energy annually (around 78.5 terawatt-hours) as nations like Chile, Austria and Finland. Jonathan Ponciano, Forbes, 13 May 2021 According to the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index, bitcoin-mining operations worldwide now use energy at the rate of nearly a hundred and twenty terawatt-hours per year. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 22 Apr. 2021 According to Time magazine, Ethereum mining consumes about 26.5 terawatt-hours of electricity a year, nearly as much as the entire country of Ireland. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 Now, China and the U.S. still tip the scales at well into the thousands of terawatt hours each year. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 12 Feb. 2021 In addition, Shell is pledging to diversify its business away from oil, with goals to sell 560 terawatt hours a year of electricity by 2030 and ramp up its electric vehicle charging units. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, 11 Feb. 2021 Caballero posits that the CFR will gather up a terawatt of energy, which would fuel the DE-STAR array. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 9 Dec. 2020 Coal- and gas-fired power both end up generating around 5,000 terawatt-hours in 2050, good for 11 to 12% of total power generation that year. Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg.com, 29 Oct. 2020 Put another way, one terawatt is also equivalent to one billion watts. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of terawatt

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for terawatt

tera- + watt

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“Terawatt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terawatt. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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