Unit Of Energy

The energy in simple terms can be defined as the capacity for doing work. It can occur in kinetic, potential, electrical, chemical, nuclear, thermal, and various other forms. It is classified as renewable energy and non-renewable energy. Further, in this article, we shall discuss the various units of energy.

What is the SI Unit of Energy?

Following is the table of SI unit:

SI unit Joules

Interestingly, the name of this international unit is kept in honour of James Prescott Joule, a British physicist whose works contributed to the establishment of the energy concept. When we look at the unit in fundamental terms, 1-N.m is equal to 1 Joule and, in terms of SI base units it can be represented as:


What is the CGS Unit Of Energy?

Following is the table of the unit in the CGS system:

CGS unit erg

The erg is equal to 10-7 J. An erg is defined as the amount of the work done by the force of one dyne on one-centimeter distance.

What is the Unit Of Energy In MKS System?

Following is the table of the unit in the MKS system:

MKS unit Joule

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Units Of Energy List

Energy units can be preceded by various factors and there are usually different units for measuring energy. Some of the common units include:

  1. British thermal unit (BTU)
  2. Horsepower
  3. Kilowatt-hour (kWh)
  4. Calorie
  5. Electronvolts (eV)
  6. Hartree (the atomic unit of energy)
  7. Rydberg units
  8. Barrel of oil

Energy Conversion

Following is the table with energy conversion list:

Unit Joule Calorie BTU Kilowatt-hour
Joule 00 0.2390 0.000948 2.77778E-07
Calorie 4.187 00 0.00397 1.16279E-06
BTU 1055 252 00 0.000293
Kilowatt-hour 3.6E6 8.6E5 3412 00

Frequently Asked Questions

One unit of electrical energy is equal to how many Joules?

One unit of electrical energy is equal to 3.6 × 106 Joules.

When will a spring have maximum potential energy?

A spring will have maximum energy when it is either pulled out or when it is compressed.

1 Joule is equal to how many erg?

1 Joule is equal to 107 erg.

Give examples of potential energy.

Following are the examples of potential energy:

  • Gravitation potential energy
  • Elastic potential energy

List the different forms of kinetic energy.

Following are the different forms of kinetic energy:

  • Translational kinetic energy
  • Vibrational kinetic energy
  • Rotational kinetic energy

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