# Watts To Gigawatts Conversion

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## How to convert watts to gigawatts (W to GW)

The formula for converting watts to gigawatts is: GW = W × 0.000000001. To calculate the watt value in gigawatts first substitute the watt value into the preceding formula, and then perform the calculation. If we wanted to calculate 1 watt in gigawatts we follow these steps:

GW = W × 0.000000001

G1 = W × 0.000000001

GW = 0.000000001

In other words, 1 watt is equal to 0.000000001 gigawatts.

## Example Conversion

Let's take a look at an example. The step-by-step process to convert 8 watts to gigawatts is:

1. Understand the conversion formula: GW = W × 0.000000001
2. Substitute the required value. In this case we substitute 8 for W so the formula becomes: G8 = W × 0.000000001
3. Calculate the result using the provided values. In our example the result is: 8 × 0.000000001 = 0.000000008 GW

In summary, 8 watts is equal to 0.000000008 gigawatts.

## Converting gigawatts to watts

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

W = GW × 1000000000

W = 1 × 1000000000

W = 1000000000

Or in other words, 1 gigawatt is equal to 1000000000 watts.

## Conversion Unit Definitions

### What is a Watt?

A watt (W) is a unit of power that measures the rate at which energy is transferred, used, or produced. It represents the amount of energy consumed or generated per unit of time. Here's an example to help illustrate the concept of a watt:
Consider a light bulb with a power rating of 60 watts. This means that the light bulb consumes or emits energy at a rate of 60 joules per second. In simpler terms, it indicates that the light bulb uses 60 watts of power to produce light.
If you were to leave this light bulb turned on for one hour, it would consume a total of 60 watts multiplied by 3600 seconds (the number of seconds in an hour), which equals 216,000 joules or 216 kilojoules of energy. This demonstrates how power consumption, measured in watts, can be related to the total energy usage over a specific time period.
The watt is a fundamental unit of power in the International System of Units (SI) and is widely used in various applications. It provides a common basis for measuring and comparing the power ratings of electrical appliances, devices, machinery, and systems.
In practical terms, wattage is commonly seen on electrical appliances, such as laptops, refrigerators, air conditioners, and electric motors. It helps consumers understand the power requirements or capabilities of these devices and allows for efficient energy management and comparison between different options.
In summary, a watt is a unit of power that represents the rate at which energy is transferred or used. It is denoted by the symbol W. The example of a 60-watt light bulb demonstrates how wattage can be used to quantify power consumption or generation in various electrical devices or systems.

### What is a Gigawatt?

A gigawatt (GW) is a unit of power that measures the rate at which energy is transferred, used, or produced on a very large scale. It is equal to one billion watts or 1,000 megawatts. Let's explore an example to better understand a gigawatt:
Imagine you have a nuclear power plant with a total capacity of 1 gigawatt. This means that the power plant is capable of generating or producing energy at a rate of 1 billion watts or 1 gigawatt. In other words, under optimal conditions, the power plant can generate 1 gigawatt of power.
To put this into perspective, if this nuclear power plant operates continuously for one hour, it would generate a total of 1 gigawatt multiplied by 1 hour, which equals 1 gigawatt-hour (GWh) of energy. Gigawatt-hours represent the total energy generated or consumed over a specific period of time.
One prominent example of a gigawatt-scale power plant is the Hoover Dam in the United States. The Hoover Dam has a power capacity of approximately 2 gigawatts and generates a significant amount of electrical energy from the flowing water.
Gigawatts are commonly used to measure the power output or capacity of large-scale power plants, whether they are fueled by coal, natural gas, nuclear energy, or based on renewable sources like wind or solar. They represent a substantial level of energy production or consumption and are crucial in evaluating the capacity of power grids and meeting the energy demands of cities or regions.
In summary, a gigawatt is a unit of power that represents one billion watts or 1,000 megawatts. It is denoted by the symbol GW. The example of a 1-gigawatt nuclear power plant demonstrates how gigawatts are used to measure power generation or consumption on an extremely large scale, particularly in the realm of electrical power generation and significant infrastructure projects.

## Watts To Gigawatts Conversion Table

Below is a lookup table showing common watts to gigawatts conversion values.

Watt (W)Gigawatt (GW)
1 W0.000000001 GW
2 W0.000000002 GW
3 W0.000000003 GW
4 W0.000000004 GW
5 W0.000000005 GW
6 W0.000000006 GW
7 W0.000000007 GW
8 W0.000000008 GW
9 W0.000000009 GW
10 W0.00000001 GW
11 W0.000000011 GW
12 W0.000000012 GW
13 W0.000000013 GW

## Other Common WattConversions

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

ConversionResult
1 watt in milliwatts1000 mW
1 watt in kilowatts0.001 kW
1 watt in megawatts0.000001 MW
1 watt in electric horsepower0.001340482574 ehp
1 watt in BTU/hr3.412141635133 BTU/hr