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NREL develops tool to map renewable energy resources

US: The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a new geospatial application, RE Atlas. It is free to use and available online at https://maps.nrel.gov/re_atlas. It aims to allow users to easily and accurately map potential renewable energy resources in the US.

“Ease of use and breadth of data make RE Atlas an excellent tool for policymakers, planners, energy developers and others who need to better understand the renewable resources available in the US,” said Dan Getman, whose team in NREL’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center developed the tool. “RE Atlas is an important addition to NREL’s suite of geospatial tools, because it brings together so many renewable energy datasets in one easy-to-use tool.”

RE Atlas is designed to facilitate energy policy development, investment and education by making high quality data accessible and easy to understand. The tool creates dynamic maps of renewable resources, including biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind. RE Atlas can display resources individually or in a composite fashion.

NREL is the US Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.

Source: NREL