U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced the Department of Energy's (DOE) launch of Open Energy Information (www.openei.org) – a new open-source Web platform that will make DOE resources and open energy data widely available to the public.
According to the DOE, the data and tools housed on the free, editable and evolving wiki-platform will be used by government officials, the private sector, project developers, the international community and others to help deploy clean energy technologies across the country and around the world.
‘The true potential of this tool will grow with the public's participation – as they add new data and share their expertise – to ensure that all communities have access to the information they need to broadly deploy the clean energy resources of the future,’ notes Chu.
The DOE worked closely with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and other National Laboratories to develop and populate the Open Energy Information Platform. The site currently houses more than 60 clean energy resources and data sets, including maps of worldwide solar and wind potential, information on climate zones, and best practices.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Energy