Opportunities for Co-Utilization of Infrastructures for Wind Energy Generation

Tarja Ketola
Industrial Management Unit, University of Vaasa, Finland

Ladda ner artikelhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3384/ecp110574145

Ingår i: World Renewable Energy Congress - Sweden; 8-13 May; 2011; Linköping; Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 57:13, s. 4145-4152

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Publicerad: 2011-11-03

ISBN: 978-91-7393-070-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


The co-utilization opportunities of different infrastructures for wind energy generation will be investi-gated in this paper. Information is derived from previous research and discussions with Finnish wind energy companies as well as with authorities; environmental organizations and local inhabitants in the Ostrobothnia region of Finland. Wind power can be built in areas where there are already other business activities. These co-utilization areas include harbours; industrial sites; roads; railways and existing masts and towers. Moreover; both natural and cultivated environments have vast co-utilization potentials for wind energy offshore; near shore and onshore like in fields; forests and swamps and on hills and islands. The environmental and socio-cultural consid-erations are of crucial importance when planning co-utilization in natural environments; and very important also in cultivated environments. Industrial areas are the least environmentally and socio-culturally vulnerable; but the potential partners there are businesses that demand substantial financial benefits from co-utilization cooperation; hence making the economic considerations decisive. Co-utilization projects can mitigate or prevent many unde-sirable environmental; socio-cultural and economic impacts of wind turbines; if they are holistically and careful-ly planned. Furthermore; wind turbines as structures can serve numerous environmentally; socio-culturally and economically beneficial purposes.


Wind energy; Co-utilization; Infrastructure; Life cycle assessment; Social acceptance


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