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Sunday, October 23, 2005

RANT: Hurricane power?

Hurricane equals wind equals energy. Hurricanes are basically full of energy but like lightning we just do not know how to capture and store that energy.

I am no engineer but it seems like we are missing a trick here. Tons of energy and we just watch it blow by.

Recently over at Sustainablog I saw a post about creating mini-tornadoes and harnessing the resulting power.

But instead of creating the wind why not figure out a way to harness what is already there?

There just must be a way to capture the energy of the hurricane winds itself. Not too mention all the tornado energy?

How about if we created a sort of anchored ground-based turbine tunnel that captures and stores serious amounts of energy. Wind blows in and over and turbines turn.

Plant a few of them in hurricane/tornado alley and get some good out of all the wild weather we are having.

Any thoughts?



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At 3:29 PM, Blogger Transmogrifier said...

Interesting! I had similar thoughts after Katrina. But my guess is that all the energy of the hurricanes is still only a tiny fraction of the total wind energy available across the world. (We can probably do a simple calculation based on average wind speed and calculate the year round availability).

That simply reminded me that "slow and steady" wins the race. Hurricanes are regional, don't last much longer. The gentle breeze blowing outside my apartment now has much more potential.

At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have no idea how much destruction a hurricane has done to the United States, especially the Gulf Coast. You sit all nice and dry and comfy in England without really knowing the immense suffering hurricane inflict.

How can you think of such a thing unless you are so disconnected.

At 4:30 PM, Blogger City Hippy said...


Yeah good point. Tortoise and the hare?

Anonymous...not gonna apologise for discussing a problem affecting the 6 billion people on the planet.

Hope you are safe. Sorry you took offence.

Disconnected? Riiiiiight!




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