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Sustainability 2015, 7(9), 12693-12708; doi:10.3390/su70912693

Small Wind Technology Diffusion in Suburban Areas of Sicily

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Scuola Politecnica—Università di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze ed. 9, Palermo 90128, Italy
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DEIM—Dipartimento Di Energia, Ingegneria Dell'informazione e Modelli Matematici, Università di Palermo, Palermo 90128, Italy
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Universita La Sapienza Roma, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Roma, Italy
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 19 May 2015 / Revised: 17 August 2015 / Accepted: 9 September 2015 / Published: 16 September 2015
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Abstract

Among renewable energy resources, wind energy became more attractive in the last decade. Wind farm installations dramatically increased in areas where climatic conditions, topography, and environment have allowed their development. The installation of wind turbines, usually carried out in remote areas, recently began to cover areas identified by a complex terrain such as urban and suburban zones. Although these new plant choices are characterized by lower productivity, there is increasing interest in wind energy production in both urban and suburban areas. In this work the authors have carried out an energy analysis developed from a sample of small wind turbines available on the market. This study shows how variable the energy production of a small wind turbine can be according to many design and context parameters: wind profiles, installation height, land use, and characteristics of the turbine. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy; renewable energy; wind energy; wind turbines energy; renewable energy; wind energy; wind turbines
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Culotta, S.; Franzitta, V.; Milone, D.; Moncada Lo Giudice, G. Small Wind Technology Diffusion in Suburban Areas of Sicily. Sustainability 2015, 7, 12693-12708.

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