Yes, you heard it right, this crazy dude from the Great White North has found a way to get clean, green energy from tornadoes! This might just be the craziest thing you have seen today but believe it or not, it is more real than Donald Trump’s presidency! Not only does Louis Michaud, the engineer behind it wants to harness it, he wants them to power entire cities as well. Talk about being over-ambitious! Now most of us agree that renewable energy sources like Wind and Solar are the future of the energy generation, but tornadoes and hurricanes? This guy seems to have lost it!
Now the key to harnessing energy from such a sporadic source of energy is vortex turbine-generator system. Michaud has dedicated a large portion of his life into developing these kind of engines and it is safe to say he is obsessed with getting energy out of them. It has reached a level beyond normal obsession and he can be seen working day and night on them. That is fine with me as long as he can guarantee its safety!
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Amazing, huh? We all knew that tornadoes are capable of storing astronomical sums of energy as they destroy everything that comes in their paths. But, imagine if all that energy could be used for something good. Not only would we be able to get clean energy, all the destruction that we seen each time a tornado strikes a dwelling can be avoided. He even has hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of research investment on his side as well and it seems that Michaud is making a revolutionary use out of them.
One thing that he needs to work on further is to create a sustainable vortex for this purpose and he is working on his own model to achieve it. Such a vortex can drive generators with the help of huge pressure differential generated by the tornadoes and produce up to 200 megawatts of green energy from a system that is just 26 feet across!
Now the physics of the system are pretty solid and so is the energy dynamics. A tornado has that kind of energy from it but aren’t they supposed to occur occasionally? If so then how can we make them into a reliable energy source. Perhaps it is best to consider this system as a disaster avoider rather than a clean energy generator!