EU H2020 EnerMaps - Open Source Tools to Share, Compare, and Reuse Low-Carbon Energy Data

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  • Project duration: March 2020 - March 2022
  • Project status:
    Approval by the Scientific Committee
  • Funding:
    Societal Challenge (Horizon 2020 /EU funding /Project)
  • Total project budget: €999,975.00
  • Website: https://enermaps.eu/

Data is central for energy research and analysis. Unfortunately, energy data is often difficult to find, mixed in different repositories, and generally fragmented. This results in a lack of efficiency for research and energy transition management.

EnerMaps aims to improve data availability, data quality, and data management for industry (in particular renewable technology industry), energy planners, energy utilities, energy managers, energy consultants, public administration officers specialised in the energy sector and policy decision makers as well as social innovation experts and data providers, applying FAIR principles. To this end, we focus on three axes:

a) The creation of two tools working in conjunction: a scientific community dashboard providing a critical mass of energy datasets in one common tool, and a data management tool providing a quality-check selection of crucial data with an integrated visualization and calculation modules. Both tools will be freely accessible to all users.
b) Scientific communication: we increase current capacities of publicly-financed R&I projects to communicate their newly created datasets through enrichment and promotion activities. The aim is to increase the probability of seeing these datasets reused.
c) Capacity building on data management: an extensive set of formation is organized for lead-user representatives. The use of action-learning techniques and the application of a “train the trainer” approach ensures the efficiency of the training programs.

The project collaborates actively with European-wide data management initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud Initiative and integrates actively its future users into the development of the different tools to insure their usefulness.

Data is fundamental for energy research and analysis. From electricity grid data to maps of heating needs, the management of the energy transition depends on the availability and the quality of a large range of data. Accessible data results in faster project progress, lower project cost and easier replication2. However, data is often difficult to find, mixed in different repositories, as well as fragmented. This results in a lack of efficiency for research and energy management.

To answer to this challenge, EnerMaps will coordinate and enrich existing energy databases to share and reuse energy data more FAIR3ly and as such more efficiently. A training and networking program related to energy data will work in conjunction with the development of EnerMaps to empower both lead and end-users (section 2.2.2) to (re)use and develop energy data.

For researchers, EnerMaps will provide tools to communicate and disseminate data efficiently, based on existing large scientific repositories. For the renewable technology industry, energy planners, energy utilities, energy managers, energy consultants, and public administration officers specialised in the energy sector as well as social innovation experts and data providers, EnerMaps will act as a quality-checked database of crucial energy data and a possibility to access rapidly new innovative datasets as well as related insights for contributing to informed decision-making. For social innovation experts, it will be a tool to support social change towards civil society in the energy field by providing quantitative energy data and insights without the need for specialised knowledge. For decision-makers, EnerMaps will be a useful tool to develop effective policies.

To this end, the project will a) identify crucial energy datasets by means of collaborative investigations (supported by consortium internal and external experts as well as target group representatives), b) compare and quality-check these datasets, c) enrich, visualise, and bring new analysis tools to these datasets, d) coordinate different databases in one common tool (the EnerMaps Data Management Tool), and e) lead a capacity building program on data management targeting directly lead-users and indirectly end-users.

The EnerMaps project will collaborate with existing initiatives on data science through: a) the conception of a research community dashboard organized by OpenAIRE4 - an initiative strongly linked to the European Open Science Cloud5 (EOSC), b) the participation to conferences organised by EOSC and the registration of the tool as a EOSC service provider, as well as c) the development of partnerships with similar H2020 projects.

During the project and beyond, we will ensure the usefulness of this project, notably by applying an agile software development methodology. It is a user centric process that allows stakeholders (e.g. product owners) to define clearly their needs by means of user-stories, which are a description of features told from a user perspective.6 In EnerMaps, we will apply a continuous user-stories analysis, the collection of feed-back during capacity building events, and the operation of an industrial (e-think) as well as social innovation manager (EURAC). We will ensure the EnerMaps Data Management Tool’s life, beyond the duration of the project, through the systematic use of open-source codes, the development of training and dissemination events, and the elaboration of business options to fund the maintenance of the tool. Full compliance with the FAIR principles3, EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR - Regulation (EU) 2016/679)7 as well as Intellectual Property Rights (IPR8) will be integrated towards the entire project implementation.

Our consortium is composed of experts on the management of energy data (CREM, EURAC, e-think, and TUW), on data management and artificial intelligence (Idiap), on scientific data management (OpenAIRE), on the interactions between energy and civil society (e-think and EURAC), and on dissemination as well as communication in the field of sustainability (REV).

EnerMaps Project: A New Open Energy Data Tool to Accelerate the Energy Transition
Rager J, von Gunten D, Wilczynski, Pezzutto S, Balest J, Fallahnejad M, Contant C (2021)
Journal article

More information: https://emagazine.ehp-magazine.com/de/profiles/ae22e601d266/ ...

https://hdl.handle.net/ http://hdl.handle.net/10863/16889

Enabling more Open Science in the energy sector
Rager J, Wilczynski E, Bardi A, Conforto G, Peronato G, Pezzutto S, (2021)

More information: https://revolve.media/enabling-more-open-science-in-the-ener ...

Technical University of Vienna
e-think - Energy Research
Centre de recherche énergétiques et municipales CREM
OpenAIRE - European Open Science Infrastructure


Simon Pezzutto

Project managerT 226 550 1740 93+ude.carue@ottuzzep.nomis

Daniele Vettorato

Vice project managerT 146 550 1740 93+ude.carue@otarottev.eleinad

Cristiana Losso

Project assistantT 806 550 1740 93+ude.carue@ossol.anaitsirc


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