One Supertyphoon Could Power the Entire Japan for 50 Years Using Typhoon Turbines

Founded by Japanese engineer Atsushi Shimizu in 2014, Challenergy has developed typhoon turbines which convert strong winds into usable energy. Their innovation takes advantage of Japan’s geographic location being hit regularly by strong typhoons.

Challenergy Team

The typhoon turbine follows the conventional wind turbine design except for two: the inclusion of an omnidirectional vertical axis susceptible to any wind pattern, removing the propellers; and the incorporation of the Magnus effect.

Called the Magnus Vertical Axis Wind Turbine, it is said to withstand powerful tropical cyclones, the latest recorded being Typhoon Hagupit in August 2020 generating electricity at wind speeds up to 30.4 m/s. The maximum wind speed that the turbine can harness wind energy is 40 m/s.

According to its website, one Magnus VAWT has a 10 kilowatt capacity to date but the engineer plans to take it to megawatt level.

Shimizu said that one typhoon could generate enough kinetic energy to power the entire Japan for 50 years. The Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory supports this claim, noting that a single mature typhoon can produce kinetic energy that is “equivalent to about half the world-wide electrical generating capacity.”

Sources: Challenergy | F6S | Red Shift

31 responses

  1. Darryl Jake D. Javien Avatar
    Darryl Jake D. Javien

    I am interested to the technology you’ve developed, by the way I’m from the Philippines. I suggest that some of your tests conducts will be held here in the Philippines. I am also studying and researching on how to harness the power of typhoons, however I am lack of financial support for the project. I am looking forward for your future plans and decisions in accordance with your cutting edge technology in harnessing the power from typhoons.

    1. Edwin Alejado Avatar
      Edwin Alejado

      My problem is how to store those energy. There is no battery in the world that would hold the charge for 50 years. Yearly the battery will dissipate even if it is lithium battery….

      1. J Apolinar Avatar
        J Apolinar

        The wind turbine will supply for 50 years as long as there is wind to keep it turning.

        1. Al Ray Lazado Avatar
          Al Ray Lazado

          Assuming there’s an existing technology that can store 50 years worth of energy, one mature typhoon is only needed.

          Point being, it’s just to give ordinary people the idea of how powerful the kinertic energy is of a typhoon.

      2. Ronald A. Omega Avatar
        Ronald A. Omega

        Combined with a gravity-driven energy storage system (saw an animated video of it somewhere on the internet), this technology could solve the world’s energy needs.

        1. Eugenia Cabungcal Avatar
          Eugenia Cabungcal

          See how good is our God theres no such things as bad weather

      3. Im not an engineer. I went to Germany Pavilion in Expo, and they have innovated energy storage. Maybe we/they could liaise with them on this aspect?

      4. Al Ray Lazado Avatar
        Al Ray Lazado

        I think it’s only trying to give laypeople an idea of the kinetic energy of a mature typhoon.

      5. Poyjepsmd Avatar
        Poyjepsmd

        I think they stated “one supertyphoon coutd power japan for 50 years” as example so we can understand the technology’s potential better. Long storage won’t be needed because there are over 10 typhoons that hit a country yearly.

      6. New developments in lithium-ion-carbon batteries may have better results..

      7. Try lithium carbon…

      8. Lites lim Avatar
        Lites lim

        How about solar batteries???

      9. Joemecilo Avatar
        Joemecilo

        We can store the enerfy through heat generated and will be store in a sand. Maybe we can pit a sand as deep as we can put insulator to store the heat. Just thinking….

    2. We already have these installed on Batanes Island.

    3. Christopher Acosta Avatar
      Christopher Acosta

      I’m from the Philippines also and I could help on your research considering it’s relevance to our country and taking into oppurnity of our geographical location.

    4. Sourced from their YouTube page:

      In August 2016, a demonstration experiment of “typhoon power generation” using a new type of wind power generator without a propeller started. Among renewable energies, “wind power generation” is rapidly increasing in demand in the world, but the reason why its introduction is not progressing in Japan is “typhoon”. This is because the propeller may run away and be damaged by strong winds and cannot be used in the event of a typhoon. The new wind power generator is easy to control the number of revolutions, and in theory it can generate electricity even in a typhoon storm. The new wind power generator is easy to control the number of revolutions, and in theory it can generate electricity even in a typhoon storm. It is predicted that the occurrence of extremely strong typhoons will increase as global warming progresses. Aiming to commercialize the world’s first typhoon power generation from Okinawa.

    5. No need to know Avatar
      No need to know

      im looking forward to your success never stop dreaming ☺

    6. Bro. What is your field of expertise?

  2. Ralph Bien Tribiana Avatar
    Ralph Bien Tribiana

    It would be lovely if you test it in Catanduanes, Philippines. Specially, Bato.

  3. Mel delos Santos Avatar
    Mel delos Santos

    Thanks God for providing men of purpose the necessary intellect and wisdom foe the good of humanity.. 🙏🙏🙏

    Goodby petro and powergen sharks who feed themselves with greed at the expense of the energy/electric consumers..

  4. This type of technology is needed in my country the Philippines because of its geographical location of being pounded by strong typhoons each year and harnessing this power of nature can be of great help to provide much needed electricity.thank you for sharing this info, looking forward to hearing from you with this type of cutting edge technological advancement in power generation.

    1. The difference, IT DOESN’T HAVE PROPELLER. Sourced from their YouTube page:

      In August 2016, a demonstration experiment of “typhoon power generation” using a new type of wind power generator without a propeller started. Among renewable energies, “wind power generation” is rapidly increasing in demand in the world, but the reason why its introduction is not progressing in Japan is “typhoon”. This is because the propeller may run away and be damaged by strong winds and cannot be used in the event of a typhoon. The new wind power generator is easy to control the number of revolutions, and in theory it can generate electricity even in a typhoon storm. The new wind power generator is easy to control the number of revolutions, and in theory it can generate electricity even in a typhoon storm. It is predicted that the occurrence of extremely strong typhoons will increase as global warming progresses. Aiming to commercialize the world’s first typhoon power generation from Okinawa.

    2. Lites lim Avatar
      Lites lim

      That’s nothing compared with the new invention by our own Filipino inventor the power generator that doesn’t need battery gasoline etc. Can be use to run bus, car,household current etc. etc. Watched his invention in you tube.

  5. There is always more blessings from the curse that God allowed to happen…your research will surely be a blessings !

  6. Tony Olarte Avatar
    Tony Olarte

    I am interested. We have projects in rural areas and Islands applying Solar and Diesel Generator Hybrids, and your Turbine Generators can be Integrated too. Funding is available from LGU and Development Banks approval of your equipment by DOST. Kindly email your reply. Thank You!

  7. Victor Antonio R. Francisco Avatar
    Victor Antonio R. Francisco

    Very interesting and exciting technology

  8. Rosel Babida Avatar
    Rosel Babida

    Glad to hear that kind of research looking forward sir God bless you all who had members of these a really good idea even iam an ordinary man in Philippines your goal well appreciated by me.

  9. Rodolfo lizada Avatar
    Rodolfo lizada

    Go to DOST for research, they are willing to assist anybody in this issue . .

  10. Monabel de Leon Avatar
    Monabel de Leon

    The Philippines need this.

  11. ReinerAndres Avatar
    ReinerAndres

    We give thanks and praises to the Great Architect of the Universe for blessing these people with great minds in harnesing energies from the power of nature to benefits mankind.

  12. Storage of that amount of energy is a ticking time bomb

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