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Harmonised global datasets of wind and solar farm locations and power

Harmonised global datasets of wind and solar farm locations and power
Harmonised global datasets of wind and solar farm locations and power
Energy systems need decarbonisation in order to limit global warming to within safe limits. While global land planners are promising more of the planet’s limited space to wind and solar photovoltaic, there is little information on where current infrastructure is located. The majority of recent studies use land suitability for wind and solar, coupled with technical and socioeconomic constraints, as a proxy for actual location data. Here, we address this shortcoming. Using readily accessible OpenStreetMap data we present, to our knowledge, the first global, open-access, harmonised spatial datasets of wind and solar installations. We also include user friendly code to enable users to easily create newer versions of the dataset. Finally, we include first order estimates of power capacities of installations. We anticipate these data will be of widespread interest within global studies of the future potential and trade-offs associated with the global decarbonisation of energy systems.
2052-4463
Dunnett, Sebastian, Lionel
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Sorichetta, Alessandro
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Eigenbrod, Felix
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Taylor, Gail
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Dunnett, Sebastian, Lionel
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Sorichetta, Alessandro
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Eigenbrod, Felix
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Taylor, Gail
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Dunnett, Sebastian, Lionel, Sorichetta, Alessandro, Eigenbrod, Felix and Taylor, Gail (2020) Harmonised global datasets of wind and solar farm locations and power. Scientific Data, 7, [130]. (doi:10.1038/s41597-020-0469-8).

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Energy systems need decarbonisation in order to limit global warming to within safe limits. While global land planners are promising more of the planet’s limited space to wind and solar photovoltaic, there is little information on where current infrastructure is located. The majority of recent studies use land suitability for wind and solar, coupled with technical and socioeconomic constraints, as a proxy for actual location data. Here, we address this shortcoming. Using readily accessible OpenStreetMap data we present, to our knowledge, the first global, open-access, harmonised spatial datasets of wind and solar installations. We also include user friendly code to enable users to easily create newer versions of the dataset. Finally, we include first order estimates of power capacities of installations. We anticipate these data will be of widespread interest within global studies of the future potential and trade-offs associated with the global decarbonisation of energy systems.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 29 April 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 439781
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/439781
ISSN: 2052-4463
PURE UUID: a615c0f8-2789-483d-ab4e-797cc39274bc
ORCID for Alessandro Sorichetta: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3576-5826
ORCID for Felix Eigenbrod: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8982-824X

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Date deposited: 04 May 2020 16:30
Last modified: 23 May 2020 00:34

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