# Can Lightning Generate 1.21 Gigawatts?

## Is a Jigawatt a real thing?

Fictional measurement.

The film’s writers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale intended for the power to be gigawatts, but heard it pronounced as “jigawatt” and as such spelt and said it that way in the script, not learning the real pronounciation until after the film had been shot.

This is not quite true..

## How many watts is a Jigawatt?

1 billion wattsA watt is a measure of power and there are 1 billion watts in 1 GW.

## How much is 1.21 gigawatts?

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.

## Can a DeLorean go 88 MpH?

A DeLorean can reach at least 150 mph, but White said his vehicle “was perfectly happy” doing 88 mph. Although the original John DeLorean sports car does not have all the bells and whistles added by Doc Brown in the hit film, White’s DeLorean did come with a faux flux capacitor installed by a previous owner.

## What is higher than a megawatt?

One megawatt (MW) = 1,000 kilowatts = 1,000,000 watts. For example, a typical coal plant is about 600 MW in size. Gigawatts measure the capacity of large power plants or of many plants. One gigawatt (GW) = 1,000 megawatts = 1 billion watts.

## How many houses can 1 gigawatt power?

750 homesPowering Good for a Sustainable Energy Future CAISO says one megawatt can meet the instantaneous demand of at least 750 homes, so in these instances, solar was powering more than 750,000 California homes.

## What is the 30 30 rule for lightning?

Use the 30/30 rule! Go indoors if you see lightning and can’t count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay inside for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.

## Can you still buy a DeLorean?

Ironically, enthusiasts have been able to buy an essentially new DeLorean since 2008 for about \$65,000. We say “essentially” as they are built from approximately 80% genuine DeLorean parts from the 1980s that were acquired when British entrepreneur Stephen Wynn purchased the failing DMC.

## What does being struck by lightning feel like?

A jolting, excruciating pain. “My whole body was just stopped—I couldn’t move any more,” Justin recalls. “The pain was … I can’t explain the pain except to say if you’ve ever put your finger in a light socket as a kid, multiply that feeling by a gazillion throughout your entire body.

## Can the DeLorean fly?

The flying circuits were added to the DeLorean at the end of the first film, enabling it to fly, in addition to the tires that can rotate horizontally to provide upward thrust. This also allows the DeLorean to time travel without accelerating to 88 mph.

## What is the strongest color of lightning?

What Color Lightning is the Strongest?Blue – this color of lightning is an indication that a high precipitation storm is occurring with chances of hail. … Purple – this color of lightning occurs when there is high humidity in the atmosphere and is typically accompanied by high precipitation.More items…•

## Why are deloreans so bad?

The DMC-12’s powered gullwing doors were, at best, leaky and, at worst, trapped the driver inside when the electrical system failed. Adding legal injury to this automotive insult, John DeLorean was finally brought down in a money laundering sting that involved that most 80s of clichés, cocaine.

## Can plutonium generate 1.21 gigawatts?

The chemical element was used in the first version of the DeLorean time machine to create the nuclear energy needed (1.21 gigawatts) to create temporal displacement. One pellet of plutonium covered one trip.

## How much energy is in a lightning strike?

A single bolt of lightning carries a relatively large amount of energy (approximately 5 gigajoules or about the energy stored in 38 gallons of gasoline).

## Why are there 1.21 gigawatts?

In the 80’s hit movie trilogy Back to the Future, 1.21 gigawatts (pronounced jiggawatts in the movie) was the amount of electricity it took to power the flux capacitor on the DeLorean time machine. In the movie Dr. Emmettt Brown used a lightning strike to generate this amount of power.

## How many joules is 1.21 gigawatts?

Electrical energy consumption rate equivalent to a billion watts consumed in one hour. 1 Gigawatt hour is equivalent to 3.6 terajoules or 3.6 x 1012 joules.

## How many watts does a typical house use?

Divide your average hourly wattage requirement by the number of daily peak sunlight hours for your area. This gives you the amount of energy your panels need to produce every hour. So the average U.S. home (900 kWh/month) in an area that gets five peak sunlight hours per day would need 6,250 watts.

## Why does Doc Brown say gigawatt?

We all know what Doc Brown said in the first movie. “I need a nuclear reaction to generate the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity I need”. But he pronounced gigawatts as if it were spelled with a “j”, as in jigawatts (or jigowatts). … UPDATE Merriam-Webster has pulled their alternate pronunciation for gigawatt.