So, according to Superman Unchained #2 Page 12 Panel 3, Superman (his New 52 incarnation, at least) can pull in 140 gigawatts of solar energy at any given moment.
It's past midnight and I'm bored so I decided to calculate how much solar energy Superman absorbs in a year, just for anyone trying to reference his power level or something of that nature, be it for versus forums, general discussion, etc.
140 gigawatts at any given moment. A "moment" is generally described as 90 seconds.
So Superman can absorb 140 gigawatts of solar energy every 90 seconds.
There are 31,536,000 seconds in a year.
31,536,000 divided by 90=350,700
140 x 350,700=49,098,000 gigawatts of solar energy a year that Superman absorbs.
Is this accurate? Sorry if it isn't, I'm exhausted (and using Google). If it is accurate, can anyone find out how much gigawatts of solar energy the world uses annually in comparison? I've searched everywhere but I can't find anything. Also, to DC Comics, how quickly can we get Superman powering up a city? XD
Also, my apologies if this post is in the wrong section, violates any rules somehow, etc.
Given this, how much energy do you guys think Superman needs to fly, shoot lasers, and enhance his natural abilities? How much do you think he uses daily? How much would he need to take on any given villain? How quickly does kryptonite drain his powers? I think this invokes so much geeky discussion, so happy analyzing!