The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has launched a new site providing data feeds on renewable energy and other topics to programmers and developers. The information is intended to allow programmers and developers to create new mobile and Web applications.
Although the first data set focuses on alternative vehicle charging stations, NREL says that developers will be able to access solar energy data within the next few months. The lab will announce new data sets via Twitter at @NRELdev.
‘Every year, we get hundreds of requests for our data,’ says Joanna Levene, NREL project manager. ‘In the vast majority of cases, we've been happy to provide it, but the person on the other end has had to go to the trouble of finding the right person, asking for the data, downloading it and updating it to keep it current. NREL's new subsite automates that entire process and serves as a seamless data conduit directly from NREL to another organization's application.’
The data feeds are available at developer.nrel.gov.