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Re: WSJ: Big tech firms seeking power

  • From: Alex Rubenstein
  • Date: Fri Jun 16 21:18:10 2006

On Fri, 16 Jun 2006, Crist Clark wrote:

Error: you MULTIPLY 3.413 to go from watts to BTU, not divide. It's be more like 154,000,000 BTU, /12000 or 12,798 tons.
Well, the bigger problem here is that a watt is a measure of
power (engergy/time) and a BTU is a unit of energy. There is no
dimensionless conversion factor between the two.

A Watt has no time constant. A watt is an amount of energy consumed at a moment (ie, a 60 watt light bulb), not an amount of energy over time (like a watt-hour; for instance, a 60 watt light bulb uses 60 watt-hours of power every hour, or 1.44 kwatt-hrs per day).

There is a direct correlation between watts and btu's, and that is:

watts * 3.413 = btu

Alex Rubenstein, AR97, K2AHR, [email protected], latency, Al Reuben
Net Access Corporation, 800-NET-ME-36,