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A Multidimensional Evaluation of Renewable and Nuclear Energy among Higher Education Students

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Institute of Management Science, University of Miskolc, Miskolc 3515, Hungary
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Institute of Applied Economics, University of Pannonia, Nagykanizsa 8800, Hungary
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Department of Strategy and Project Management, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest 1093, Hungary
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Sustainability 2020, 12(4), 1449; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041449 (registering DOI)
Received: 14 January 2020 / Revised: 7 February 2020 / Accepted: 10 February 2020 / Published: 15 February 2020
Renewable and nuclear power technologies are considered alternatives to fossil-based power. However, which of the two is superior remains a matter of contention. Besides technological development, local access to resources, and energy policies, social acceptance is a key issue; informing future decisions on energy sources thus requires a complex approach. Personal attitudes to energy technologies may differ from professional opinions and national policies. The purpose of this study is to explore the attitudes and opinions regarding renewable and nuclear power generation technologies by pairwise comparison. This evaluation includes the return on the investment, the availability of said technologies, environmental impact, knowledge/need of use, and expectations for future of energy production. The research sample consists of 250 randomly selected Hungarian higher education students as representatives of future corporate decision-makers. The results show that the respondents demonstrate an appreciation of renewable energy technologies. Solar energy is appreciated, but confidence in nuclear power is low, except for its future role. These opinions are not consistent with the national energy policies or professional evaluations. These differences will allow us to refine communication and education in the field. View Full-Text
Keywords: renewable energy; technology selection; pairwise comparison; ranking; attitudes to energy sources renewable energy; technology selection; pairwise comparison; ranking; attitudes to energy sources
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Berényi, L.; Birkner, Z.; Deutsch, N. A Multidimensional Evaluation of Renewable and Nuclear Energy among Higher Education Students. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1449.

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