In Colorado, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has unveiled its BioEnergy Atlas that allows users to layer related bioenergy data onto a single map to gather information on biomass feedstocks, biopower and biofuels potential, production and distribution. BioEnergy Atlas is an improvement over current tools in that it enables more timely and accurate analysis of the potential of given sites to be successful biomass producers.
Users of the tools can select and apply a multitude of geographic data layers including a variety of biomass feedstocks, existing biofuels, biopower and traditional power plants, alternative and traditional fueling stations and energy use statistics. The BioPower updated functionalities include query, analysis and state view. The query function allows users to access data behind the map and to select and download data from a selected region or single point on the map.
The analysis function offers common conversion factors that allow users to determine the potential biopower or biofuels production for selected feedstocks in a specific area. The state view function provides biofuels data from a single state including summaries of state energy use and fueling infrastructure and resources. The state view function is available in the BioFuels Atlas now, and a similar function, specific to biopower data, will be available in the BioPower tool later this year.
The BioEnergy Atlas is accessible at http://maps.nrel.gov/bioenergyatlas.
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