Integration of solar energy systems for increased societal support

Angèle H.M.E. Reinders, Saskia Lavrijssen, Wiep Folkerts, Barbara van Mierlo, Laura Franco Garcia, Roel C.G.M. Loonen, Hans Cornelissen, Sven Stremke, Esther Alarcon Llado, Albert Polman, Arthur W. Weeber

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Abstract

How can we integrate photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems in the built environment and rural landscapes while increasing societal support and making effective use of space? This important research question is inspired by several grand societal challenges, namely humankind’s response to anthropogenic causes of climate change, the required sustainable energy transition and innovations in the design of systems, products, buildings and local infrastructures which enable an optimal use of solar energy. Consequently, new sustainable energy environments must be created which will meet the needs of users, will fit in a societal context, will have an excellent performance in energy production and which will be aesthetically appealing. For this purpose a new interdisciplinary Dutch research consortium has been established, which will evaluate so-called ‘Solar Integration’ from the perspectives of (1) public acceptance, law and governance, (2) biodiversity, ecosystems and spatial quality, (3) PV system configurations in rural and urban landscapes, (4) enabling technologies for integrated PV elements, and (5) design approaches. This research consortium will support Solar Integration by (a) design-driven research on innovations in PV solar energy, (b) the creation of a broad consortium of stakeholders with various backgrounds and interests, (c) execution of the project in both the Netherlands and internationally, and (d) involving adult and young citizens in knowledge utilization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of EU PVSEC 2020
Pages1911-1914
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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