In BriefAn infographic from Ebates explores just how much energy it would take to power some of the most famous tech from Star Wars. Lightsabers, blasters, droids, ships, and hyperspace travel would require more energy than anything we currently have on Earth can produce.
Depending on who you ask, Star Wars may be the best series in the space genre. One thing we can all agree on is how amazing technologies used in the Star Wars universe are. With the exception of the person on the losing end, who wouldn’t want to vanquish their enemies with a lightsaber — participating in duels not unlike that between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader? The weapon is simply that iconic.
As you can imagine, most of the technologies featured in Star Wars are far beyond anything we have on Earth right now — some have been deemed impossible (though the idea of developing a real lightsaber has been teased a time or two, with minor success).
In this informative infographic from Ebates, popular technologies within the Star Wars universe are examined, answering questions about how they might work and how much energy they would require. Spoiler alert, the numbers are more soul-crushing than the season five finale of Game of Thrones. They lend credence to the assertion that most will never come to fruition — if nothing else, they show that the technologies that remain within the realm of possibility won’t materialize anytime soon.
You should keep the following from the creators of the infographic in mind while you’re reading (see below for a more thorough analysis):
“To better understand power terminology, we took a look at the common energy usage of things in the world around us. One AA alkaline battery contains 3.9 watt-hours. A car battery contains 722 watt-hours. The new Tesla Powerwall has 7 kilowatt-hours. A nuclear reactor yields 1,000 megawatts or 22,000 megawatt-hours per day on average. One barrel of oil is equivalent to 1.7 megawatt-hours and 19 gallons of gasoline. The Earth consumes 104,426 terawatt-hours per year.”