This Typhoon Turbine Could Power All of Japan for 50 Years

By: | October 18th, 2016

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Japan, being an island nation, is regularly hit by the typhoons and is always associated with destruction.

But an engineer named Atsushi Shimizu is looking for a silver lining in these typhoons. He is trying to tame these strong winds by harnessing power from them in a typhoon turbine.

Shimizu has invented the world’s first typhoon wind turbine, an electricity generator which is designed to harness the energy packed inside tropical cyclones. A robust, egg beater-shaped wind turbine, which is designed in a way that it can bear up the incredible force of a tropical cyclone, will also generate power out of it.

Shimizu claims that energy gathered from just one typhoon would be enough energy from to power Japan for 50 years.

As per Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory estimates, a mature typhoon produces energy “equivalent to about half the world-wide electrical generating capacity.” If Shimizu and his team become successful in harnessing this energy, it will solve the issue of Japan’s green-energy needs.

At present, after the disaster at Fukushima about 84 percent of Japan’s energy is imported. However if Shimizu’s turbine is able to harness the energy of an actual typhoon, Japan could become self-reliant in the future.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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