A Japanese engineer “found” a solution to harness the energy generated by the destructive typhoons, which regularly hit Japan. Atsushi Shimizu invented the world’s first typhoon wind turbine, an egg-beater-like device designed to harness the immense energy of storms as a source of renewable energy. Shimizu believes that the energy of a typhoon could be enough to power Japan for half a century.
The amount of kinetic energy in a typhoon is enormous. A mature typhoon is estimated to produce “generating capacity equivalent to nearly half of the world’s electricity consumption”. The difficult task for Shimizu and other storm chasers interested in increasing renewable energy in Japan is to harness this energy efficiently.
To do this, Shimizu designed Challenergy, a vertical axis wind turbine tough enough to withstand the strong winds of a typhoon and harness the energy of a major storm to generate clean electricity. The technology has already received a great deal of coverage from the Japanese press, where many people are eager to find ways to generate sustainable energy, to find a way to generate energy from these huge storms which cause d ‘huge damage due to their high winds.
We will see if this technology ever becomes commercially operational, hopefully.