WEB: Wind Energy Brussels

WEB : Wind Energy Brussels. Combined wind simulation and life cycle analysis for the development of highly efficient wind-driven renewable energy districts in the Brussels Capital Region.

Project summary : This project aims to develop a comprehensive approach to report the potential energy production and life cycle assessment of urban wind energy harvesting, to inform sustainable urban policy making processes. Our analysis will identify the locations in an urban area that are most suitable for wind energy harvesting by performing extensive and accurate wind simulations of two municipalities of the Brussels Capital Region using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Simulations will be based on meteorological data from the last 30 years, and will make use of detailed 3D models of buildings and terrain, to predict the annual energy production associated with a particular turbine. The visual impact of urban wind turbines will also be quantified. The impact of the extensive adoption of urban wind energy harvesting will be assessed using a life cycle assessment (LCA) to ensure that the deployment of wind turbines results in a net environmental benefit and to understand environmental hot spots in the production, use and end-of-life.

Period : October 2022 - September 2024

Involved : Maider Llaguno Munitxa - André Stephan, Ioannis Tsionas from the Environment and Climat of LAB and the company BuiltWind (with head Allesandro Gambale)

Published on May 15, 2023