Horsepower: An Introduction
A horsepower, or hp, is a measure of power. It can also refer to the energy created by an animal or machine. When referring to machinery, horsepower is the unit used to quantify the rate at which work is done. One horsepower is equal to 33,000 foot-pounds per minute. One horsepower is equal to 746.4 watts.
There are two main types of horsepower: the horsepower used in the internal combustion engine and the horsepower used in a steam engine.
Energy and power are the backbones of modern society. They can be generated from natural sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, hydropower, and bioenergy.
The importance of energy in our society has increased exponentially with the introduction of cheap and abundant electricity that has allowed people to enjoy life without having to face the same hardships that previous generations have had to deal with. This has allowed us to have a rapid increase in our lifestyle and standard of living.