This project is solving the Renewable Energy Explorer challenge.
We are a team of 3 passionate high school students and 1 university student for whom the whole Space Apps challenge was a chance to create something useful and innovative. Our project is called Enermap and solves the challenge of Renewable Energy Explorer. Enermap basically gets data from a variety of sources and marks on a map where it is the best place to invest in renewable energy sources. From the beginning our aim was to create something that is not only functional but is actually very easy to use by practically anyone. Therefore we have designed something that does not require any advanced computer knowledge in order to be used and is also very intuitive and good looking. The main idea behind Enermap is to get data that are in a complex form and are not easy to be understood by the vast majority of people, and extract out of them useful information which are then displayed on a map in a scale from 1 to 10 In this way everyone can see a relative comparison of each area in terms of solar and wind energy potential. At the moment Enermap is limited to Wind and Solar data but this can change at any time. The reason for this limitation was the difficulty to obtain usable and reliable data for other renewable energy sources. The program provides many filtering options and you can easily select between solar and wind data or an average of the two. In addition there are customizable categories in which data are divided to. By default, using the files provided, data is divided into each of the States of the USA as at this time the only data that we have used are for the USA.This is though not a problem as all data (weather data and categories) are retrieved from CSV files which can be altered at any time. If a lot of data points are added, the program can be configured so that it only displays information about a particular area which is selected by the user. An explanation of the files can be found on our website in the “source” section. The range of data is also not a problem as they are later automatically normalised by the program. Formulas used take into account a variety of factors that contribute to the profit associated with renewable energy sources. The whole project including the code, the graphics and the website was made by us from scratch during the space apps challenge. Enermap is currently in the form of an ASP.NET website which can be integrated practically everywhere. Furthermore the whole project can be used as a basis for something more complicated and more sophisticated as all resources are widely available. If you want help about the project and how it can be integrated in different applications feel free to contact us at any time, either from the contact form on our website or by sending an email message to one of the members of the team.
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Project InformationLicense: GNU General Public License
Source Code/Project URL: https://github.com/gano54/EnermapSpaceApps/
ResourcesU.S. State Wind Resource Potential - http://en.openei.org/datasets/node/372
U.S State Solar Resource Potential (From the map we analyzed the solar radiation in a csv file) - http://solarcraft.net/solar-insolation-map/
Google Maps API - https://developers.google.com/maps