Urban Wind Energy: A Wind Engineering and Wind Energy Cross-Roads
Renewable energy reliance and the need to exploit renewable energy resources become an important focus of society. Wind engineering has developed significantly and has contributed to the study of significant aspects of wind energy, particularly in the area of the so-called urban wind energy. This review paper seeks to correlate the characteristics of wind engineering field and wind energy technology by analysing the contributions made in the areas of wind resource assessment in urban areas; examining the current practices in the utilization of wind turbine technologies and future prospects; as well as discussing the attempts to optimize the performance of microgeneration in the urban environment.
KeywordsWind turbines Renewable energy Wind energy Wind engineering Urban energy
The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
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