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.
- 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.
- Percentage of houses that have switched to electric heating by country.
- 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.)
- Average efficiencies of existing and new solar panels.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.