Posted: 22/05/2014 at 13:50
There are many different varieties of Acer, some do indeed enjoy shade to semi shade mainly the golden leaf varieties but there are some which will tolerate the sun (but not a very exposed site which I think you are describing.
I think most of them are deciduous, wind in winter I don't think would be a problem.
While they are in leaf however exposure to wind and very intense heat would cause the leaves to dry and curl which does not look good.
Why not grow them in a pot with good ericaceous compost, this way you can move to accommodate the conditions, they are happy in a pot because they do not have an extensive root run.