Begin Data Collection
Your study’s analyses will require specific data, which you will need to collect. Collecting and, if needed, developing this data can often be a time-consuming, challenging -- and, sometimes, costly -- process that can require frequent engagement with your stakeholders.
What You Need to Know
- Data for grid integration studies can come from a variety of sources, including: system operators, energy ministries and regulators, private power sector companies, and commercial data vendors. The stakeholders in your TRC, or other stakeholders with which they work, may be good sources of data.
- Non-disclosure agreements may be necessary before stakeholders are willing to share their data.
- It is possible that the data you will need does not yet exist. If so, you will need to develop it.
- Data specific to your power system will yield the best results, but sometimes it is not available. In these cases, useful data can often be extrapolated using regional or international sources.
Look at Your Data Needs
Data specific for your system can be collected from system operators, energy ministries, energy regulators, the private sector and/or commercial vendors. It is important to identify a data source for each data requirement and whether the data is confidential or proprietary. The following template can guide your mapping of required data for your study.
Read Excerpt: Pages 52-56 of Variable Renewable Energy Grid Integration Studies: A Guidebook for Practitioners by NREL.
Find Data using Crosscutting Renewable Energy Data and Tools
Explore crosscutting renewable energy data via NREL’s geospatial tools. This included Renewable Energy Atlas, Renewable Energy Data Explorer, Renewable Energy Potential Model and Tribal Energy Atlas.
See: Crosscutting renewable energy data via NREL's geospatial tools.
Access Solar Resource Data, Tools, and Maps
Explore solar resource data via online geospatial tools and downloadable maps and data sets from the World Bank Group.
See: The Global Solar Atlas provides a summary of solar power potential and solar resources globally. It is provided by the World Bank Group as a free service to governments, developers and the general public.
Explore Wind Resource Data, Tools, and Maps
The World Bank Group also provides wind resource data via online geospatial tools and downloadable maps and data sets.
See: The Global Wind Atlas is a product of the World Bank and the Technical University of Denmark. Its purpose is to provide quick and easy access to wind resource data globally.
Suggested Actions & Next Steps
- Using the template above, list your study’s data requirements. Talk to your MWG and TRC about where you might be able to get that data.
- Use resources above to find available data for your grid integration study. Research open source platforms and/or contact commercial vendors.
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- If needed, draft a nondisclosure agreement to ensure sensitive data shared with the MWG will be secure. Be sure to consider how the terms of the nondisclosure agreement might impact your ability to communicate and promote the study’s findings.
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