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http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-we-capture-energy-hurricane-180960750/ from this article... "The wind from just one storm is a gold mine of clean energy." "The energy output from the wind is about 1.5 terawatts from your average cyclone."

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  • $\begingroup$ Any thoughts? Is there research ongoing? How far out is this thinking? $\endgroup$ – nareshneel Sep 21 '17 at 15:30
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    $\begingroup$ You are asking two very different questions (more if you consider the above comment). Please limit yourself to one question per post. $\endgroup$ – sphennings Sep 21 '17 at 15:34
  • $\begingroup$ You would need very special wind turbines, a lot of them to catch enough of the hurricane's energy, and you would only use them a few days each year (if at all). Also, given the damage and need to rebuild, I wouldn't call a hurricane particularly clean. $\endgroup$ – LSerni Sep 21 '17 at 15:37
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    $\begingroup$ If by "ironic," you mean "impossible," sure. $\endgroup$ – A.G. Weyland Sep 21 '17 at 15:50
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    $\begingroup$ The edited question still seems a little short, but it's answerable now so I'll vote to re-open. $\endgroup$ – F1Krazy Sep 22 '17 at 22:18
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It's not worth it even if you could trap the energy.

You'd need a massive, specially designed wind farm, huge storage facilities all for the remote chance of a hurricane. Hurricanes don't follow a set path so where do you place the farm?

You'd be better off making an ordinary wind or solar farm to collect energy normally for the 99.99% of the time when there is no hurricane.

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It's complicated. If a hurricane devastated a wind farm, I'd say that there would be a huge output of electricity into the power grid, but the grid would probably fail due to being ripped apart by a hurricane. But, if talking about technology in the future, which I assume is okay, as you didn't put 'currently' in your question, then yes. Tiny fan nanobots, released into a hurricane, would generate a lot of power from the... hurricane-force winds.

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