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Utilizing Hurricanes Group Krypton Noah Berko, Austin Clune, Mariah Schwartz http: //www. icartoonwallpapers. com/superman-cartoon/
What is a hurricane? Type of tropical cyclone that occurs in tropical and subtropical climates¹ Tropical Cyclone: Low pressure system where lightening and thunder are present Hurricanes classified by their wind speeds¹ 74 mph → Category 1 111+ mph → Category 3 and above Considered major hurricanes 40 -60 Hurricanes per year¹
Significance of Topic A single hurricane could produce 200 times the world’s electrical generating capacity. 1 Diminish the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. 1 http: //econews. com. au/wpcontent/uploads/2013/06/China-pollutionfactories. jpg 1 "Can We Harness the Energy from Hurricanes? " Can We Harness the Energy from Hurricanes? N. p. , n. d. Web. 17 Nov. 2015. <http: //www. isfoundation. com/news/environment/canwe-harness-energy-hurricanes>.
Current State and Challenges: Wave Power Thousands of patents, but only a few tested designs 1 Currently produces approximately 2. 0 x 1015 watts 1 Hurricane waves are tough to predict as opposed to offshore waves 1 Complex sea conditions Most technology is not subject to strong wave loads 1 Extremely expensive technology 1
Current State and Challenges: Wind Power Hurricane Winds Strong enough to produce wind speeds up to 160 miles per hour¹ Winds can cause hurricanes to release more than 2 million trillion gallons of water per day¹ Predicted 2 -11% increase in wind speeds¹ Wind Turbines can be placed in the ocean to remove energy from hurricanes² Affects the edges of the hurricane, thus eventually reaching the eye
Current State and Challenges: Wind Power Only predicted by the use of simulated Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and Isaac¹ highest simulated reduction of wind speeds 87 mph for Sandy and 92 mph for Katrine reduced height of waves Challenges¹ Costly Tens of thousands of turbines required to be effective 1. Messmore, Theresa, Dr. "Taming Hurricanes. " University of Delaware Daily. University of Delaware, 26 Feb. 2014. Web. 16 Nov. 2015. <http: //www. udel. edu/udaily/2014/feb/hurricanes-wind-turbines-022614. html>.
Future Improvements Improve wave load that wave extraction technology can handle Improve wind load that wind extraction technology can handle Learning how to predict nature of waves and hurricanes Develop mechanisms that don’t corrode as much over time
Conclusion Unpredictable in nature and occurrence 2 Release most energy while they condense water vapor into droplets 1 No current technology to do that 1 Hurricane’s energy is spread out 2 Destroy any device designed to gather its energy 1 http: //www. windpowerninja. com/wpcontent/uploads/2009/02/wind-turbine-damage. jpg
Fun Facts: A hurricane can release the energy of 10 atomic bombs per second 1, 883 people died from Hurricane Katrina Jupiter has a hurricane which appears as red dot. It has been active for 300 years and is larger than Earth Stronger hurricanes can reach heights of 40, 000 to 50, 000 feet into the sky In WWII, hurricanes were named after military meteorologists’ wives and girlfriends. Male names weren’t used until 1979.