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Renewable Energy Geospatial Data Visualization Applications

Authors: Haiku Sky*, NREL
Topics: Cartography, Energy
Keywords: renewable, energy, geospatial, data, visualization, application
Session Type: Paper
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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has produced a suite of almost 50 web-based geospatial applications designed to convey complex renewable energy datasets for a diverse array of global users. The suite encompasses all primary renewable energy technologies – solar photovoltaic (PV), concentrating solar power (CSP), wind, bioenergy, geothermal, hydroelectric, hydrokinetic, and hydrogen – allowing each application to emphasize general as well as specific data visualization or analytical purposes. The suite utilizes domestic and international datasets with spatial scales ranging on by application to comprise continental regions to single cities.

The design of each application within the suite covers standard full-page map views to modern modular dashboards. The majority of applications contain built-in tools allowing user-driven analysis and scenario comparison. Additionally, the suite offers access to the vast majority of the data within each application, producing a renewable energy data repository for users. Modern open source components have been utilized throughout the suite, allowing for freely available access and a highly customizable framework. The web-based framework provides access to a wide array of users due to convenience of being operating system agnostic while remaining highly performant.

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