The challenge

Geospatial data is difficult to access

Geospatial data can be very useful for energy project developers but traditionally it could be difficult and time consuming to access all the information required.

Our response

Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI)

Relying on our strong geospatial visualisation skills, and in partnership with Geoscience Australia and the Clean Energy Council, we have provided access to multiple datasets in one location.

We've created AREMI, a one-stop shop for all open geospatial data relevant to the energy sector. The AREMI platform leverages the Australian government's NationalMap initiative, a NICTA-developed capability for data.gov.au and is based upon our TerriaTM technology.

The open source, three dimensional mapping platform converts and visually displays information in a web browser without the need for external software or plugins. It facilitates access to multiple geospatially tagged datasets of various formats in one location.

AREMI can be used to compare mapping data; electricity, geothermal and land use data from Geoscience Australia; water and climate data from the Bureau of Meteorology; solar data from other Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) projects; and statistics from the Australia Bureau of Statistics.

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Adrian Turner: As we move forward, every sector of the economy is becoming data driven, including the energy sector.

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Amy Kean: Investors are looking for resources, there looking to understand where the opportunities are in the energy market.

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And the first thing I tell them to do is look at the AREMI resource.

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Craig Morgan: As energy consultants we need to help our customers to make quick, informed decisions for bio energy assessments on their site, and the AREMI database helps us do that.              

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Ivor Frischknecht: AREMI was created because there are so many different data sets, and more being created all the time. We needed a place where everybody could access that data easily.

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Matt Henrikson: We started with consulting with the energy industry, where we asked them exactly what they wanted from AREMI.

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Amy Kean: Investors need to understand where the natural resources are, such as the sun the wind and the water. They need to understand where the network capacity is and where the network infrastructure currently sits.

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They also need to understand populations, roads and other infrastructure.

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AREMI puts all that information in a one stop shop to help decision makers make informed decisions about transitioning our energy to a low carbon future.

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Craig Morgan: Using the AREMI database gives businesses a higher confidence to go to the next stage of the feasibility assessment for alternative fuels.

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Matt Henrikson: It requests data straight from the data custodian when you want to see it, so it’s always up to date, always from the custodian.

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As soon as they update the data we see it on AREMI.

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Garrie Chubb: So you can look at, for example, the solar output that you might get from a PV installation and where that is in the state and where that overlays to having network infrastructure.

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Adrian Turner: We’ve been able to make data available in an open way,

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whilst preserving the confidentiality of the data that needs to be protected.

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Craig Morgan: It helps us asses all of the available bio-energy options for our customers.

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Ivor Frischknecht: Being able to go to that one repository of information and find everything they need quickly and easily to make decisions is vital.

[Australian Government logo appears with ARENA text to the right and Australian Renewable Energy Agency below]

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Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure Platform

The results

A one-stop spatial data shop for renewable energy projects

AREMI makes it easier for renewable energy projects to get off the ground in Australia.

Energy project developers can freely access spatial information such as existing electricity infrastructure to assist with site identification. State and local governments can use the open data AREMI provides to assist with environmental and regulatory planning approvals, and tracking and promoting projects in their region. It also enables financiers and investors to explore the potential success of proposed ventures.

AREMI is available at www.nationalmap.gov.au/renewables . Development will continue until July 2016 and Geoscience Australia are hosting AREMI until at least July 2019.

The AREMI platform is being developed by a consortium led by CSIRO's Data61, which includes Geoscience Australia (GA) and the Clean Energy Council (CEC), and is being funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

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