Milliwatts To Megawatts Conversion


1 mW = 0.000000001 MW

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How to convert milliwatts to megawatts (mW to MW)

The formula for converting milliwatts to megawatts is: MW = mW × 0.000000001. To calculate the milliwatt value in megawatts first substitute the milliwatt value into the preceding formula, and then perform the calculation. If we wanted to calculate 1 milliwatt in megawatts we follow these steps:

MW = mW × 0.000000001

MW = 1 × 0.000000001

MW = 0.000000001

In other words, 1 milliwatt is equal to 0.000000001 megawatts.

Example Conversion

Let's take a look at an example. The step-by-step process to convert 3 milliwatts to megawatts is:

  1. Understand the conversion formula: MW = mW × 0.000000001
  2. Substitute the required value. In this case we substitute 3 for mW so the formula becomes: MW = 3 × 0.000000001
  3. Calculate the result using the provided values. In our example the result is: 3 × 0.000000001 = 0.000000003 MW

In summary, 3 milliwatts is equal to 0.000000003 megawatts.

Converting megawatts to milliwatts

In order to convert the other way around i.e. megawatts to milliwatts, you would use the following formula: mW = MW × 1000000000. To convert megawatts to milliwatts first substitute the megawatt value into the above formula, and then execute the calculation. If we wanted to calculate 1 megawatt in milliwatts we follow these steps:

mW = MW × 1000000000

mW = 1 × 1000000000

mW = 1000000000

Or in other words, 1 megawatt is equal to 1000000000 milliwatts.

Conversion Unit Definitions

What is a Milliwatt?

A milliwatt (mW) is a unit of power that measures the rate at which energy is transferred or work is done. It is equal to one thousandth (1/1000) of a watt. To understand the concept of a milliwatt, let's consider an example:
Imagine you have a small flashlight that consumes 10 milliwatts of power. This means that the flashlight uses energy at a rate of 10 milliwatts to produce light. In other words, it requires 10 thousandths of a watt to operate.
To put this into perspective, if you were to use the flashlight continuously for one hour, it would consume 10 milliwatts (or 0.01 watts) of power per hour. This measurement is commonly used to describe the power consumption of small electronic devices, low-power LED lights, and other energy-efficient devices.
The milliwatt is particularly useful when dealing with low-power applications or when precise measurements of small amounts of power are required. It helps quantify power levels in a more manageable and granular manner.
In summary, a milliwatt is a unit of power that represents one thousandth of a watt. It is commonly used to measure low-power devices and is denoted by the symbol mW. The example of a flashlight consuming 10 milliwatts demonstrates how this unit is used to quantify power consumption or energy transfer in various electronic devices.

What is a Megawatt?

A megawatt (MW) is a unit of power that measures the rate at which energy is transferred, used, or produced on a large scale. It is equal to one million watts or 1,000 kilowatts. Let's delve into an example to better understand a megawatt:
Imagine you have a wind turbine with a power rating of 2 megawatts. This indicates that the wind turbine is capable of generating or producing energy at a rate of 2 million watts or 2 megawatts. In other words, when the wind conditions are optimal, the turbine can generate 2 megawatts of power.
To put this into perspective, if this wind turbine operates continuously for one hour, it would generate a total of 2 megawatts multiplied by 1 hour, which equals 2 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy. Megawatt-hours represent the total energy generated or consumed over a specific period of time.
A notable application of megawatts is in the field of electrical power generation. Power plants, whether they use fossil fuels, nuclear energy, or renewable sources like wind or solar, often have capacities expressed in megawatts. For example, a coal-fired power plant might have a capacity of several hundred megawatts, while a large solar farm could generate multiple megawatts of electricity.
Megawatts are also used to measure the power output or consumption of industrial facilities, data centers, electric grids, and other large-scale systems. They provide a meaningful metric to evaluate the scale and capability of energy production or consumption on a significant level.
In summary, a megawatt is a unit of power that represents one million watts or 1,000 kilowatts. It is denoted by the symbol MW. The example of a 2-megawatt wind turbine illustrates how megawatts are used to measure power generation or consumption on a large scale, particularly in the realm of electrical power generation and industrial facilities.

Milliwatts To Megawatts Conversion Table

Below is a lookup table showing common milliwatts to megawatts conversion values.

Milliwatt (mW)Megawatt (MW)
1 mW0.000000001 MW
2 mW0.000000002 MW
3 mW0.000000003 MW
4 mW0.000000004 MW
5 mW0.000000005 MW
6 mW0.000000006 MW
7 mW0.000000007 MW
8 mW0.000000008 MW
9 mW0.000000009 MW
10 mW0.00000001 MW
11 mW0.000000011 MW
12 mW0.000000012 MW
13 mW0.000000013 MW

Other Common Milliwatt Conversions

Below is a table of common conversions from milliwatts to other power units.

1 milliwatt in watts0.001 W
1 milliwatt in kilowatts0.000001 kW
1 milliwatt in gigawatts0.000000000001 GW