Small wind turbines: Sustainability criteria related to the local built environment

G. E. Malliotakis, Th N. Nikolaidis*, C. C. Baniotopoulos

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The present paper focuses on the enhancement of the development of small wind energy considering sustainable energy harvesting criteria. As known, the exploitation of wind energy as an environmental friendly energy source is carried out by wind turbine systems. In order to satisfy local energy needs, low power small scale wind turbines could be used. Their use, contributes to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in the local atmosphere, as well as to the consumption of electricity on site where power is produced. In the present work a comparative analysis has been performed taking into consideration two different application sites located in Crete Island, Greece. This analysis is based on actual recordings of the characteristics of the wind and followed by the selection of the optimum installation height, as well as the estimation of the construction cost. This analysis includes two different design cases using two different construction materials for the support tower, in particular steel and aluminium, taking into account the results of the respective advanced finite element analysis models. This way the proposed analysis leads to an enhanced evaluation of the sustainability of the small wind energy systems in the local built environment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012046
Number of pages12
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2020
EventSustainability in the Built Environment for Climate Change Mitigation, SBE 2019 - Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 23 Oct 201925 Oct 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The third author acknowledges with thanks the continuous financial support of his research activity by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung.

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© 2020 Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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