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Piezoelectric sensors for a sustainable municipality : a case study in the Netherlands

Have, S.Y. ten (2016) Piezoelectric sensors for a sustainable municipality : a case study in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:Piezoelectric sensors offer a wide range of opportunities as a technological solution for small energy demands. By converting mechanical energy (vibrations) to electrical energy, piezo opens up many possibilities. In this case study of a Dutch municipality called Zuidhorn, the local societal interests and needs for the application of this technology are investigated. The municipality aims for a high degree of sustainability which is why this way of energy harvesting is in line with its policy ideals. This study looks specifically at in what ways the application of piezoelectric sensors in the municipality of Zuidhorn satisfy local societal interests and needs. Therefore, the current status of piezoelectric sensors and its possible applications in Zuidhorn will be discussed. The different stakeholders involved in the project and the relationship between the stakes are analysed and used for drawing conclusions about which stakeholder will benefit most and which stakeholder will be easiest to serve and most willing to be served in the Zuidhorn project and in future comparable projects. The study shows that the public is neutral about the use of piezosensors, for which one of the reasons is that their knowledge is quite limited. Experts like researchers and involved stakeholders like the municipality of Zuidhorn and consultancy firm Tauw are much in favour of the implementation of piezoelectric sensors as it meets their interests and demands as investigated in this study.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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