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Measuring Energy

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An electric meter measures the amount of electricity consumed in a specific location. © AFP

Some units of measurement can be used for a variety of energy sources. Others are specific to the type of equipment or conversion process or a particular industry. Some are commonly used, while others are highly technical.  

fr - mesures internationales

First developed in the 18th century, units of energy measurement are used both in everyday life and the international energy trade. They have been standardized among different countries.  

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fr - energies primaires

The mass and volume of fossil fuels and biomassIn the energy sector, biomass is defined as all organic matter of plant or animal origin... can be expressed in different ways. The growth of renewable energies has popularized certain units of measurement such as watt-peak and meters per second.

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 Below, a summary table of units of measurement used in the energy sector.

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