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Urban wind turbines for smart cities: capturing the perceptions of EU experts

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neveen Hamza



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by University of Malta, Malta, 2019.

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This research aims to analyze the perception of experts in the field of wind energy generation as shapers of renewable energy policy in Europe. Experts as members of the society have an impact on social perception of renewable technologies. They can lead influential roles in changing societies and governments’ policy regarding dependency on grid-generated fossil fuels. Wind power continues to have a major role as part of the emerging global shift to diversify sources of the energy supply and its mix, to spur sustainable development and security of energy supply. According to Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the deployment of wind power has more than tripled since 2007, bringing the total installed global capacity to 486.8GW at the end of 2016. This research captured responses of 51scientists researching wind turbines aspiring to improve their structural, electrical and mechanical performance. This research presented them with 10 common visual scenarios of WT integration scenarios. It is acknowledged that the experts will not only judge the visual aspects of the photographs but scientific knowledge will play a major part in their judgment. The authors were keen to understand the experts’ perceptions of siting, sizing, proximity and length of exposure preferences, as well as the experts’ perceptions of the maturity of urban wind turbine technologies

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hamza N, Borg R, Baniotopoulos C

Editor(s): Borg R

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Sustainable Built Environment International Conference, Sustainability and Resilience

Year of Conference: 2019

Print publication date: 22/11/2019

Acceptance date: 11/10/2019

Date deposited: 14/11/2019

Publisher: University of Malta, Malta