While the Japanese population certainly suffers terrible amounts of loss due to the country's frequent typhoons, Japanese engineer Atsushi Shimizu's new wind turbine proves that even the darkest clouds have a silver lining.
Wind energy is clean and renewable, with virtually no impact of the environment aside from the turbines themselves. Most turbines are quite efficient, but, ironically enough, they are not able to harness the most powerful and energy-filled winds that occur in natural phenomena like typhoons (or hurricanes, for those in the western hemisphere.) Atsushi Shimizu's new turbines are specially built to accrue energy from those intense winds, creating usable power out of typhoons' destructive force.
The typhoon turbines can stay standing during extreme winds due to their omnidirectional vertical axes and blades that have adjustable speeds.
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