Related open data projects

The Open Power System Data platforms aims at providing free and open data of the European power system. A number of projects have similar aims. Some are initiatives by individuals, others are research projects, and still others are driven by associations or companies. Some of the sites below provide data for free, but may restrict use to non-commercial applications. Data projects with a focus outside Europe or outside the power sector are not listed.

See data sources for primary sources.
A user-friendly database of all renewable-based power generators in Germany.

A wiki-based collection of global power plant data run by Chris Davis (TU Delft).

Global Power Plant Database
Collaboration led by WRI that maintains a comprehensive, open source database of power plants around the world. Each power plant is geolocated and entries contain information on plant capacity, generation, ownership, and fuel type. As of April 2018, the database includes around 25,500 power plants from 162 countries.

OpenGridMap employs crowdsourcing techniques to gather detailed data on electricity network components and then infer a realistic network structure using methods from statistics and graph theory.

Paul-Frederik Bach
A collection of time series data provided by Paul-Frederik Bach. Covers wind, solar, load, price and cross-border flow time series of 11 countries, some of which date back to 2006.

Power-grid frequency database
A series of power-grid frequency recordings taken in Europe, the USA, and South Africa.
Generate wind and solar profiles from MERRA weather data – globally. Run by Stefan Pfenninger and Iain Staffell.

R-Code for deriving wind power production from MERRA-2 wind speeds from the COPA model. Includes examples that walk the reader through all steps of deriving windpower production from gridded wind data andn extensive list of functions for vertical and horizontal interpolation of wind speeds, and for bias correction.

An open transmission grid topology developed by NextEnergy  (under construction). Derived from OpenStreetMap, published under ODbL.


React Energy Lab A visualization of renewable power plant locations and in Germany based on the Renewable power plants data package. The initail view displays aggregated renewable capacity by TSO, with subsequent zoom levels showing aggregates by DSO and finally individual plants.

Close-to-real time charts of German power generation and prices, operated by Agora Energiewende. A comprehensive documentation is available. For scientific purposes, the underlying data is provided upon request.

Energy Charts
Close-to-real time charts of German power generation and prices, operated by Fraunhofer ISE.

EU ETS Dashboard
An interactive tool to analyse data from the European Union Emission Trading System.

How much renewable power is produced in your country today?
Collection of websites providing real time data and visualizations of electricity generation on the Energieblog by Jasper Vis.

Close-to-real time visualization of essential electricity market data for Germany and to a lesser extent Europe, operated by Bundesnetzagentur.

Tmrow Electricity Map
Live average CO2 emissions from electricity generation by country.

WattTime Explorer
Live marginal CO2 emissions from electricity generation by US balancing authorities.

Other pages listing data sources

A list of energy data links compiled by the International Association for Energy Economics.

Open Energy Modelling Initiative
A wiki-based collection of open energy data sources.

Wikipedia page on Open energy system databases
Quite comprehensive and growing list fo open source databases


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