The Japanese engineer Atsushi Shimizu has developed the world’s first typhoon wind turbine that transforms the ordinarily destructive potential of typhoons into a renewable energy source for Japan. The device is designed to harness the immense amount of energy of generated by typhoons and Shimizu believes it is possible to harness enough energy from a single typhoon to power Japan for fifty years!
In response to the fact that mature typhoons produce a level of energy equivalent to about half the world-wide electrical generating capacity, Shimizu devised Challenergy. Challenergy is a vertical-axis Magnus wind-power generator that is tough enough to survive the high winds produced by typhoons and robust enough to generate electricity from them.
His endeavors in Japan are already receiving a fair amount of press coverage. Check out the vid (only in Japanese but the infographic are pretty self-explanatory).