An energy data wanted list

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Anyone who reads this blog will know that there is a relatively large number of publicly and freely available statistical data sets covering the global energy system. However, there are a number of data sets that are either not available or behind a pay wall.

Here are a few.

  1. The average efficiency of gas boilers in countries throughout the world. National data sets exist, but I don’t believe anyone has compiled international figures.
  2. Percentage of houses that have switched to electric heating by country.
  3. Up to date listings of all power plants in countries, with details of age, capacity, etc. (You can get this if you pay a pretty penny.)
  4. Average efficiencies of existing and new solar panels.
  5. Hourly output data for individual wind turbines. (This is currently proprietary information, as far as I understand, but regulators could easily force wind farm owners to make it public.)
  6. An international database of capacity factors of all power plants, including wind farms. This is how it works with nuclear power plants, with the IEAE providing annual load factors for all nukes.
  7. An up to date database of the coordinates of wind turbines. USGS provides this for America’s wind turbines. However, if turbine level capacity factors were available, more in depth research could be performed on both the optimal arrangement of wind farms and more reliable calculations of the spatial requirements of wind farms.

I am sure more there are more that can be added to this list, and if someone knows of a data set covering any of the above, even at the national level, then add a comment.


7 thoughts on “An energy data wanted list

    donoughshanahan said:
    July 20, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Is this Danish link and excel sheet therein any good?


      Robert Wilson said:
      July 20, 2015 at 9:34 am

      It shows annual output. So you can work out the capacity factors of each turbine, which I’ve done.


    donoughshanahan said:
    July 20, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Ah yes indeed. sorry bout that just posted it and only looked now.


    Tuomas Vanhanen said:
    July 22, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    To answer the #3, in Finland the national energy authority publishes a yearly updated listing of all power plants (at least 1MW), with some info you were after. I’d guess a similar excel is available from other nordic countries as well…

    The third sheet is in English for your convenience.


      Robert Wilson said:
      July 22, 2015 at 4:51 pm


      Ideally I would prefer a global Excel sheet. These are available, if you pay for them. The Centre for Global Development has a free one, but it is not fully up to date and lacks a lot of essential info.


    keiran donoghue said:
    July 23, 2015 at 4:58 am

    i admire your optimism that you can get an appropriately conformed global dataset with the kind of granularity you are after for free. If you are interested in working with national/partial datasets as a 2nd best, then a couple of Australian resources are: for rooftop PV – graphical mostly, but they may be prepared to send underlying data. also volunteer based so indicative rather than comprehensive. for data from the market operator of our main electricity market. it’s a 5 minute market with a gross pool, so you should be able to get quite rich output data for power stations. you may have to do your own conversion to get capacity factors.
    Good luck with your quest!


    donoughshanahan said:
    July 23, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Is that any good for 3 & 5


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