A decision support system to assess the feasibility of onshore renewable energy infrastructure

Beriro, Darren ORCID:; Nathanail, Judith; Salazar, Juan ORCID:; Kingdon, Andrew ORCID:; Marchant, Andrew; Richardson, Steve ORCID:; Gillet, Andy; Rautenberg, Svea ORCID:; Hammond, Ellis ORCID:; Breadmore, John; Moore, Terry; Angus, Phil ORCID:; Waldron, Julie ORCID:; Rodrigues, Lucelia; Nathanail, Constantine. 2022 A decision support system to assess the feasibility of onshore renewable energy infrastructure. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 168, 112771.

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This article introduces a new web-based decision support system created for early-stage feasibility assessments of renewable energy technologies in England, UK. The article includes a review of energy policy and regulation in England and a critical evaluation of literature on similar decision support systems. Overall, it shows a novel solution for a repeatable, scalable digital evidence base for the policy compliant deployment of renewable energy technologies. Data4Sustain is a spatial decision support system developed to quickly identify the feasibility of seven renewable energy technologies across large areas including wind, solar, hydro, shallow and geothermal. A multi-actor approach was used to identify the key factors that influence the technical feasibility of these technologies to generate electricity or heat for local consumption or regional distribution. The research demonstrates opportunities to improve the links between policy and regulation with deployment of renewable energy technologies using novel approaches to digital planning. Deployed, resilient, cost-effective and societally accepted renewable energy generation infrastructure has a role to play in ensuring universal access to affordable, reliableand modern energy supply. This is central to supporting a concerted transition to a low-carbon future in order to address climate change. The selection and siting of renewable energy technology is driven by natural resource availability and physical and regulatory constraints. These factors inform early-stage feasibility of renewables, helping to focus investment of time and money. Understanding their relative importance and identifying the most suitable technologies is a highly complex task due to the disparate and often unconnected sources of data and information needed. Data4Sustain help to overcome these challenges.

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Additional Keywords: IS; DST; Decision support tool; Policy MCDA; MCA; Renewable energy; Wind; Solar; Geothermal; UK energy policy; Sustainable development
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 25 Jul 2022 14:38 +0 (UTC)

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