World’s First Renewable Energy Atlas Now Online
The first step towards acceptance of renewable energy is knowledge, and knowledge requires information. We need all the facts, figures and data that we can collect before we start to answer the challenges that we’ll eventually face in a world without oil and coal.
Good thing for us citizens of the web, there is now a virtual hub that we can go to that we can use to gather information, and to visually assess the potentials of renewable and sustainable energy and technologies all around the world.
The Global Atlas of renewable energy sources is an online map interface that was just recently launched by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in an effort to significantly increase the people’s awareness about the potentials of green energy. The project was the result of an initiative made to assess a nation’s renewable energy potential. For starters, it automatically shows in a combination of easy-to-read graphic and numerical data how a certain form of renewable energy would work out on a specific spot on Earth. In a solar energy assessment for example, it can show all the good hotspots and bad “coldspots”, so choosing the strategic location for a solar power plant can be easily and quickly determined beforehand.
As of now, the Global Atlas only has wind and solar energy for its detailed assessment system. They are already planning on expanding this however, and they hope that their comprehensive visual database could provide detailed assessments for every type of renewable energy for each country around the globe.
But aside from simple energy assessments, it does offer a lot more alternative information. For those who are in need for a quick look and study at our current renewable energy infrastructure from another perspective, you may find all the data there more than adequate. The information from its database is a combination all of the technical renewable energy data from nations and private companies, and it borrows raw observational data for its up-to-date wind and solar energy resource assessments. A good look at its data would surely make anyone’s eyes more open to the actual potentials of renewable energy today and into the future.
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