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Solar Potential in the Urban Environment

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2023) | Viewed by 521

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Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (CICS.NOVA), Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 1069-061 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: urban sustainability; quality of life; green planning
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Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, Universidade de Lisboa, 1649-004 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: geosimulation; geocomputation; artificial neural networks; graphs theory; cellular automata; multi-agent systems; urban morphology; remote sensing; epidemiology; health geography; geomarketing; tourism; smart cities; big data
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The adoption of solar energy is a key element for supporting cities, neighbourhoods and streets moving towards low carbon energy. However, solar urban planning depends upon multiple factors and variables, making urban environments challenged sites for solar power generation due to the complexity of urban forms and shadowing effects produced by distinct morphologies. State of the art methodologies traditionally either focus on the city surface in general or in rooftops in particular. Consequently, novel Photovoltaic-based urban solutions to be installed in the public space, that have distinct requirements than rooftop PV systems, are not usually considered. So, new approaches, methods and tools to assess solar capture in public spaces are required for the assessment of local solar potential considering other urban surfaces than rooftops. These can include highway noise barriers, façades, urban furniture, carports, pedestrian paving, digital kiosks, cycle paths or road surfaces, among others. The power generated could then be used for public illumination and/or vehicle and mobile device charging.

This special issue intends to present original and multi-disciplinary approaches for evaluating the solar potential of the urban environment. Authors are challenged to explore how the public spaces could contribute to power generation through solar systems built on outdoor surfaces. Contributions concerning the main challenges, social, economical and environmental barriers, opportunities and strategies for solar implementation in the urban context are also welcomed.

Dr. Teresa Santos
Prof. Dr. Jorge Rocha
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  • solar potential
  • public space
  • photovoltaic-based urban applications
  • urban planning
  • smart cities

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