To achieve carbon-neutrality and energy autonomy in Future Smart Cities, HORIZON 2020 aims at 20% of renewable energy in terms of produced electricity by renewable sources. Nowadays, the major contributors to locally produced renewable energy are principally photovoltaic systems, solar panels and combined heat power systems, whereas there is also a significant potential from small and medium (15kW-100kW) wind turbines to complement them. It is noteworthy that during the last years, a significant growth in the sector of small and medium turbines has been observed and a further increase is expected in the following years.
In this framework, the COST Action TU1304 WINERCOST (WINd Energy technology Reconsideration to enhance the COncept of Smart ciTies) addresses the objective of wind energy integration into urban and suburban built environment and identifies methods towards acceleration of related applications to overcome technological and societal barriers, as well other supplementary ones such as noise, storage, etc. For the purposes of this research activity, specialized scientists, prominent academics, engineers from practice, industry and local authorities collaborate for a period of 4 years, exploiting existing knowledge on onshore and offshore wind energy technology to obtain results on all the aforementioned aspects of built environment wind energy technology and provide beneficial outcome for the society, contributing in this sense to the strategy for Future Smart Cities.
Prof. Charalampos (Lambis) BANIOTOPOULOS, Phd, Prof hc