Renewable energy supply potential of shopping centres
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Shopping malls, often centrally located in urban districts, have high energy savings and carbon emissions reduction potential due to their large electrical and thermal loads. At the same time, shopping malls cover important surface areas and are reference points in urban districts for citizens, with possibilities to install renewable energy supply systems as PV and wind power to provide services to both the grids and the community. This paper studies for 3 different locations in Europe the interaction between shopping centres and the installation of PV and wind power systems with the objective to identify key aspects which allow improving the current electrical grid and identifying the capacities that these types of buildings could give as suppliers/providers of services to the local energy grid. The results will help to optimize renewable energy production integrated in shopping centres by being able to optimize self-consumption, reducing the energy need to generate and deliver additional electricity and allow the participation of the end-users in the management of energy with grid providers.