Power generation

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The actual power produced by a Federation warp core is unclear.  [[Williarm Riker|Commander Riker]] once stated that the ''[[Enterprise-D|Enterprise]]'' could not generate a terawatt of power, 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".
 
The actual power produced by a Federation warp core is unclear.  [[Williarm Riker|Commander Riker]] once stated that the ''[[Enterprise-D|Enterprise]]'' could not generate a terawatt of power, 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".
  
Despite the officers' statements, a plan to use the ship to stabilize the orbit of a small moon suggests substantially greater power generation, as much as 21,000 TW<ref>TNG "Deja Q" -- changing the velocity of a 6E13 kg mass by 4 km/s within 7 hours</ref>.
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At the other extreme, [[Data|Commander Data]] once said the ship's reactor was generating "12.75 billion gigawatts per (second)"<ref>TNG "True Q"</ref>.  This is a nonsensical statement, since watts per second is not a unit of power.  The word "second" was actually cut off by an alarm in the episode, but it does appear in the script, so we have a reasonable idea of what Data's next word would have been.
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Despite the officers' statements, a plan to use the ship to stabilize the orbit of a small moon suggests considerably more than one terawatt of power generation, as much as 21,000 TW<ref>TNG "Deja Q" -- changing the velocity of a 6E13 kg mass by 4 km/s within 7 hours</ref>.  Moving this moon pushed the ''Enterprise'' to its limits, but it would have been trivial if the ship could have applied even a small fraction of 12.75 billion gigawatts (12.75 million terawatts) to the task.
  
 
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