Energy Data Initiative/Energydatapalooza

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As part of the Energy Datapalooza and the Open Data Initiative the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proud to announce newly liberated datasets and technologies. These resources are intended to fuel innovation for new products that ultimately lower energy costs, improve energy efficiency, and protect the environment. These datasets are all public and open; with rigorous efforts made to protect privacy and confidentiality. These datasets also represent the broad diversity of Programs under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

The datasets and technologies are listed below (alphabetical order by Program):

1. Advanced Manufacturing Office

A. Industrial Assessment Center Database Description: The Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) Database is a collection of publicly available data from energy efficiency assessments conducted by at small and medium-sized industrial facilities. The data includes information beginning in 1981 on the type of facility assessed (size, industry, energy usage, etc.) as well as the details of resulting recommendations (type, energy & dollars savings etc.). At the time of this publication, the IAC database contains information on 15,608 assessments and an associated 117,262 recommendations for energy efficiency improvements.

B. Combined Heat & Power Installation Database Description: The Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Installation Database contains information about all the known CHP installations across the country. This data is compiled through a variety of sources and is the only known data set of its kind. DOE, in partnership with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and ICF International, will be releasing the non-confidential data from this database, including the CHP system's city, industry NAICS code, MW capacity, fuel, prime mover technology, initial operating year, and servicing electric utility.

2. Biomass Program

A. Billion-Ton Update API Description: The Billion-Ton API provides researchers and developers access to the Billion-Ton Update data sets without the need to download the data and store it in their own databases. This single point of access to this large dataset reduces redundancy and ensures that researchers and private sector developers are always using the most current, up-to-date set of data. As the data is changed or enhanced, these features are instantaneously provided to the user community.

B. Algae Resource Assessment Data Description: Efforts are underway to add spatially explicit, algae resource assessment data to the KDF in a way that integrates it with the terrestrial (Billion Ton Update) data. Specifically, new data is available potential areas of competition between algae and terrestrial feedstocks. This will enable users to access two different sets of resource assessments to identify new and better production opportunities.

3. Building Technologies Program

A. Compliance Certification Management System Description: For the first time ever, the Building Technologies program will release the backend raw data that has been collected through the Compliance Certification Management System. The certification database houses certification reports and compliance statements submitted by manufacturers for covered products and equipment subject to Federal conservation standards. The database offers users an easy-to-use search function for existing records in an easily downloadable format.

B. Building Performance Database ii. Description: DOE announced that it will continue to work with programs like the Better Buildings Challenge as well as city, state and federal agencies to contribute data to the Buildings Performance Database so as to increase the level of certainty for investors seeking to understand their return-on-investment on a building retrofit.

4. Federal Energy Management Program

A. U.S. Federal Government Energy Consumption Data Description: The Federal Energy Management Program continues to carry out Section 432 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, which tracks Federal facility energy and water management and benchmarking. This effort will now include the release of a single dataset containing information about the consumption of electricity and fuel by the federal government from 1974 through 2007. This dataset breaks out the sources of electricity generation and the fuel types consumed by the Federal government. These data points will also correlate with the facilities and locations by which they were consumed.

B. Agency GHG Reduction Description: In conjunction with Executive Order (E.O.) 13514, FEMP will now release an aggregated dataset on Federal agency greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2008 – 2011. The reported data includes associated GHG emissions from Federal agency buildings, fleets, electricity generation and other associated activities. The trace gasses included in this release are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride.

5. Fuel Cell Technologies Program

A. HyDRA Data Description: The existing HyDRA planning model has provided data on regional hydrogen resource and production potential, relative cost of electricity to natural gas and multi-layered data visualization capabilities. The backend data for this tool will be made publically available in a user friendly format for the first time.

B. Hydrogen Gateway For the first time the Fuel Cell Technologies Program will release a comprehensive dataset based upon several reports on the compatibility of materials with hydrogen technologies - Technical Reference of Hydrogen Compatibility of Materials & Components. This datasets will give engineers a go-to resource for important information on the properties of materials as they interact with fuel cell technologies.

6. Geothermal Technologies Program

A. Geothermal Areas Description: The Geothermal Areas dataset provides the locations of geothermal potential by area derived from 253 geothermal areas identified by the USGS in their 2008 geothermal resource assessment. The data is critical to those wanting to understand the geothermal resource potential and to those who want renewable energy to play a more significant role in our Nation's energy mix to ensure our Nation's energy future. Geothermal developers, technology managers, and appropriators have expressed interest in this data.

B. Geothermal Prospector Description: The Geothermal Prospector is a mapping tool developed for the Geothermal Power industry. This tool is designed to help developers site large-scale geothermal plants by providing easy access to geothermal resource datasets and other data relevant to utility-scale geothermal power projects

7. Solar Energy Technologies Program

A. PVWatts Description: PVWatts is an online calculation tool used for estimating the energy production and cost savings grid connected PV systems at locations around the world. PVWatts is used by a full-spectrum of people, including those wanting to get an initial, high-level understanding of PV potential to those wanting to generate an hourly output for a site. Two versions of PVWatts are available. Version 1 allows a user to select a location from a map or text list of pre-determined locations throughout the world. Version 2 allows users to select any location in the United States.

B. Molten Salts Performance Data (coming soon)

8. Strategic Programs

A. Transparent Cost Database Description: The Transparent Cost Database collects program cost and performance estimates for EERE technologies in a public forum where they can be viewed and compared to other published estimates. The database includes literature on technology cost and performance estimates (both current and future projections) for vehicles, biofuels, and electricity generation. All data are downloadable for full transparency.

B. Renewable Energy Contracts Library Description: To promote document standardization in the renewable energy industries, NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis Center's RE Project Finance Team has created a webpage to act as a sort of clearinghouse for the forms required in the development process. The collection houses a range of publicly available templates and samples including: PPAs, RFPs, Interconnection agreements, EPC contracts, Operations and maintenance contracts, and Leases.

9. Vehicles Technology Program

A. Fuel Infrastructure Compatibility with Biofuels Description: These files contain data on the variation elastomers and plastics (volume, mass, and hardness) after they have been exposed to gasoline containing various levels of ethanol. These materials are representative of those used in gasoline fuel storage and dispensing hardware and all values are compared to the original untreated condition. The data sets include results from specimens exposed directly to the fuel liquid and also a set of specimens exposed only to the fuel vapors.

B. API for Description: is an Internet resource that helps consumers make informed fuel economy choices when purchasing a vehicle and achieve the best fuel economy possible from the cars they own. For the first time, VTP will release the underlying data supporting one of the government’s most popular websites. The release of this API will provide a dynamic set of resources for entrepreneurs to utilize.

10. Wind & Water Technologies Program

A. [ Updated Resource Characterization Description: NREL's newest Geographic Information System (GIS) update offers both a national wind resource assessment of the United States and high-resolution wind data. The wind resource assessment was based on surface wind data, coastal marine area data, and upper-air data, where applicable. In data-sparse areas, three qualitative indicators of wind speed or power were used when applicable: topographic/meteorological indicators (e.g. gorges, mountain summits, sheltered valleys); wind deformed vegetation; and eolian landforms (e.g. playas, sand dunes). The data was evaluated at a regional level to produce 12 regional wind resource assessments; the regional assessments were then incorporated into the national wind resource assessment.

B. LBNL 2011 Report data Description: Data from the 2011 Wind Technologies Market Report would be most useful to energy industry analysts, but Patrick may want to weigh in as well. Figures 2 and 4 may be useful for plotting and predicting trends. Figure 4 would also be useful for analyzing how state policies impact energy development. Figures 6, 7, 39 and 40 would be useful for people studying transmission and grid issues. Figures 12-14 would be useful for people studying international trade.


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