Japan Bids To Harness The Energy Of Super Typhoons

Japan Bids To Harness The Energy Of Super Typhoons

Andrew H. Sweet

Scientists are exploring many ways to reduce the power of typhoons. One particular approach under consideration is the injection of a large amount of ice or other cooling elements into the eye of the storm, thereby reducing the pressure and the intensity.

Another proposal under consideration is deploying a fleet of remote-controlled ships into a storm to gather and store energy from wind and undersea turbines. One estimate has suggested that the energy produced by a major typhoon could meet the global demand for energy for one month.

The agency is expected to soon deploy research aircraft to gather data on typhoons and, ultimately, commence "real world" experiments on storms.

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