Open Energy Information (www.openEI.org) is a new open-source platform designed to make DOE resources and open energy data widely available to the public. The data and tools housed on the free, editable and evolving wiki-platform will give easy access to DoE's clean energy data and technical resources. Moreover, the public can add new data and share their expertise on the site.
The site currently houses more than 60 clean energy resources and data sets, including maps of worldwide solar and wind potential, information on climate zones, and best practices. OpenEI.org also links to the Virtual Information Bridge to Energy (VIBE), which is designed as a data analysis hub that will provide a dynamic portal for better understanding energy data. NREL will continue to develop, monitor, and maintain both sites.
Members of the American public and the energy community globally will have the opportunity going forward to upload additional data to the site and download the information in easy-to-use formats. OpenEI.org will also play an important role providing technical resources, including U.S. lab tools, which can be used by developing countries as they move toward clean energy deployment. Over time, the plan is to expand this portal to include on-line training and technical expert networks.