SP5: Skills, Acceptability and Coexistence

The success of wind energy research and innovation in achieving the 2050 energy goals heavily depends on societal engagement with wind power infrastructure development. Key challenges include the socio-spatial consequences of expanding wind deployment, such as land-use issues, intensified site searches, and site-specific socio-economic impacts. The upscaling of wind farms brings increased visual impact and marginalization of small-scale investors due to the unavailability of smaller, urban-friendly turbine designs. Additionally, understanding consumer behavior in smart grid concepts, ensuring price incentives, and managing privacy and security are critical, along with engaging prosumers and renewable energy communities. Addressing socio-technical research gaps involves ensuring energy justice and democracy in project planning, co-designing technology with societal stakeholders while considering local contexts, and planning for the entire lifecycle of wind turbines. 

The sub-themes in this sub-progamme are :

  • Education
  • Skilling, re-skilling, upskilling activities
  • Increase public engagement of citizens
  • Fair transition, inclusiveness and stakeholder interests
  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary relations with coexistence