Back to the Future – 1.21 gigawatts for time travel

Fun Facts, Green Energy, Renewable Energy
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. We know the fictional flux capacitor requires 1,210,000,000 watts of power. What does it take to generate this much power in real life? This is the amount of power created by... 1 1/2 Nuclear reactors at 800 MW each would generate this much power. Around 600 Wind turbines at 2 MW each would generate this much power. 1 Lighting strike would generate this much power. Power levels of lightning strikes vary greatly but 1.21 gigawatts is within their range.   Fun Fact: The future scenes in…
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