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==Star Wars Power Generation==
 
==Star Wars Power Generation==
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In the Star Wars setting, power and energy are cheap and plentiful. Generators are generally quite small for the amount of power they produce, and fuels have very high energy density, as even single-seat starfighters and small civilian vessels can easily escape a planet's gravity well in seconds and do so repeatedly without refueling.
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The [[Galactic Republic]] and [[Galactic Empire]] use a variety of power generators.  The most powerful of these generators is the [[hypermatter reactor]].  Information on how these reactors work is scarce, but how much power they can produce is easier to calculate.
 
The [[Galactic Republic]] and [[Galactic Empire]] use a variety of power generators.  The most powerful of these generators is the [[hypermatter reactor]].  Information on how these reactors work is scarce, but how much power they can produce is easier to calculate.
  
The most extreme example of a hypermatter reactor's power-generating capacity is the [[Death Star]].  A single shot from the Death Star's [[superlaser]] unleashes 1E38 Joules of energy; more than the [[Sol|Sun]] radiates in 8,000 years<ref>[http://www.stardestroyer.net/Empire/Tech/Beam/Alderaan.html Stardestroyer.net Alderaan Analysis]</ref>.  The Death Star's hypermatter reactor is capable of recharging this weapon for another planet-destroying blast within a day<ref>''[[Star Wars: A New Hope]]''</ref>, indicating that it produces power on the order of 1E33 Watts, meaning it produces more energy every second than the Sun radiates in a month.
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The most extreme example of a hypermatter reactor's power-generating capacity is the [[Death Star]].  A single shot from the Death Star's [[superlaser]] unleashes 1E38 Joules of energy; more than the [[Sol|Sun]] radiates in 8,000 years<ref>[http://www.stardestroyer.net/Empire/Tech/Beam/Alderaan.html Stardestroyer.net Alderaan Analysis]</ref>.  The Death Star's hypermatter reactor is capable of recharging this weapon for another planet-destroying blast within a day<ref>''[[Star Wars: A New Hope]]''</ref>, indicating that it can produce power on the order of 1E33 Watts, meaning it can produce more energy every second than the Sun radiates in a month.
  
 
==Star Trek Power Generation==
 
==Star Trek Power Generation==
 
The [[United Federation of Planets]] and most other Star Trek civilizations use [[nuclear fusion]] and [[matter-antimatter annihilation]] to power their [[starship]]s.  The primary fusion power supply is the [[impulse engine]], and the primary matter-antimatter reactor is the [[warp core]].
 
The [[United Federation of Planets]] and most other Star Trek civilizations use [[nuclear fusion]] and [[matter-antimatter annihilation]] to power their [[starship]]s.  The primary fusion power supply is the [[impulse engine]], and the primary matter-antimatter reactor is the [[warp core]].
  
The Romulan Empire does not use matter-antimatter reactors on its starships.  Instead, they collect energy from the decay of an artificial [[singularity]].
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The [[Romulan Empire]] does not use matter-antimatter reactors on its starships.  Instead, they collect energy from the decay of an artificial [[singularity]].
  
 
The actual power produced by Federation power sources is unclear.  [[Commander]] [[William Riker|Riker]] once stated that the entire ''[[Enterprise-D|Enterprise]]'' could not generate a terawatt of power<ref>TNG "The Dauphin"</ref>, but subsequent events have suggested greater power generation.  The ship's warp core is known to have undergone some modifications and upgrades following Riker's statement<ref>TNG "Booby Trap"</ref>, and the [[Geordi Laforge|chief engineer]] subsequently said it could generate power "into the terawatt range"<ref>TNG "The Masterpiece Society"</ref>.
 
The actual power produced by Federation power sources is unclear.  [[Commander]] [[William Riker|Riker]] once stated that the entire ''[[Enterprise-D|Enterprise]]'' could not generate a terawatt of power<ref>TNG "The Dauphin"</ref>, but subsequent events have suggested greater power generation.  The ship's warp core is known to have undergone some modifications and upgrades following Riker's statement<ref>TNG "Booby Trap"</ref>, and the [[Geordi Laforge|chief engineer]] subsequently said it could generate power "into the terawatt range"<ref>TNG "The Masterpiece Society"</ref>.

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