primary energymedical dictionary

<radiobiology> Energy before conversion. For instance, the United States uses about 30,000 megajoules of electricity per capita per year, but electricity is generally obtained by converting other forms of energy (primarily chemical/heat) at an efficiency of around 30%, so the U.S. Consumes 90,000 megajoules of primary energy per capita for electrical use. (Total U.S. Primary energy consumption is 300,000 megajoules per capita.)

(09 Oct 1997)