A Japanese engineer named Atsushi Shimizu has created the world's first typhoon-powered wind turbines. This turbine is in the form of an electric generator which is designed to utilize the energy packed into a tropical cyclone.
He said that an array of his generators can supply electricity for Japan up to 50 years straight from a single storm event only. As a note, throughout this year, six hurricanes have struck the country's. Is not this a potential energy source?
|Atsushi Shimizu posed with the Challenergy typhoon-powered wind turbines. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1eyarN)|
Japan's wind turbines are imported from Europe are not suitable for specific climate of the country. In particular, the wind turbines from Europe have a tendency to be damaged by the typhoon. That is what lies behind the creation of this kind of turbine.
So far, the existing technology does not yet support the turbine to face the cyclone. However, his turbine was designed to overcome the unpredictable the wind patterns and hard blows of wind. This is thanks to omnidirectional axis, as well as adjusted speed of the turbine blades so as not to loose control.
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