Data ReFined #15: Leveraging Climate Data for Renewable Energy

Data ReFined #15: Leveraging Climate Data for Renewable Energy
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Solar and wind farms are being built at a record pace in 2023. Climate data plays an essential role in determining the optimal location for these large-scale facilities. In this edition of our bi-weekly newsletter, we highlight a data science project that has leveraged our open data infrastructure to do exactly that!

The Role of Climate Data for Renewable Energy

Earlier this year, we partnered with InclusionBridge. As part of an extracurricular study program offered by this non-profit, three students leveraged dClimate's open data infrastructure to download Copernicus' ERA5 datasets. The student team then combined their data science skills to determine the top 3 locations in the United States for wind and solar energy generation.

The benefit of using our climate data platform is that these sizable ERA5 datasets (1.6+ TB) have been cleaned up through our ETL process and transformed into the Zarr data format. The Zarr format allows data scientists to select a time range and geographical location and just download that part instead of the entire dataset, speeding up the workflow.

Learn more about this project in our write-up below! 👇

dClimate’s Data Infrastructure Used by InclusionBridge Students to Find Optimal Locations for Wind Energy in the US
Earlier in 2023, dClimate announced a partnership with InclusionBridge, a non-profit organization that supports underserved high schoolers and students looking to pursue careers in data science. InclusionBridge gives students access to dClimate’s data infrastructure and data tools as part of this…

If you like to dive deeper into the data needs of various stakeholder types in the renewable energy sector, we recommend reading this article from Copernicus.

The role of Copernicus data in renewable power generation
Marion Schroedter-Homscheidt is an energy meteorologist at the German Aerospace Centre. We asked her to share more of her extensive insights on the specific industrial actors and how CAMS and C3S data can guide their day-to-day activities.

Looking to leverage institutional-grade climate data for your renewable energy project? Our data marketplace contains dozens of free datasets!

Industry News

Drought in Panama Canal Causes Shipping Delays

We recently published a case study about physical climate risks for the retail industry. One of the risks we mentioned was that of supply chain partners, including logistics companies many retailers are relying on. The article below explains the impact of droughts and low water conditions in the Panama Canal region, leading to shipping delays.

‘This is going to get worse before it gets better’: Panama Canal pileup due to drought reaches 154 vessels
Ongoing drought conditions and Panama Canal restrictions due to lower water levels are causing massive shipping congestion at the key trade gateway.
Interested in actionable insights into the potential impacts of climate change on your business and key supply partners? Aegis, our new assessment tool for physical climate risks, is now available for early access!

Instech Report on Insurance for Carbon Offsetting

The dynamics in the voluntary carbon markets are changing. Carbon offsetting is a growing sector, and logically there are challenges to scaling this sector. One of the new developments is to reduce risks for carbon offset projects.

Instech recently released a report that examines the landscape of carbon offset insurance, which you can download for free via the link below.

Carbon Offsetting the insurance use case

Soil Carbon Data

Although our data marketplace hosts over 40+ terabytes of institutional-grade climate data, reliable and accurate data regarding soil carbon has been missing. This is due to the manual labor involved in getting and analyzing soil samples.

Yard Stick has come up with a solution that can be attached to an off-the-shelf cordless drill, using spectroscopy to determine how much carbon is sequestered in the soil. A sample takes less than a minute to complete. The start-up says that its product helps to make soil carbon data more scalable and accessible.

Yard Stick lands $10.6M Series A to measure soil carbon | TechCrunch
Agriculture could store 2 billion to 4 billion metric tons of CO2 annually, but first we have to know which farms have the most potential.

Low Antarctic Ice Levels, Explained

This 8-minute video by climate scientist Ella Gilbert provides background information and nuance to the graphs that show the current historic low Antarctic ice levels.  

ReFi NYC 2023 - Reserve Your Spot Now!

Our annual event, ReFi NYC, dives deep into the intersection of climate tech, sustainability, and finance. We have organized a great line-up of speakers and a fantastic location. September 21st is the date to mark in your calendar.

Registration for free tickets is now available, so visit our updated website for more information and reserve your spot! ⬇️

ReFi NYC 2023
Get ready for ReFi NYC 2023, the ultimate in-person event where you’ll dive into the latest trends and innovations in Regenerative Finance

MRV Innovation Panel at ReFi Summit

Robbie Heilberg, dClimate's head of growth, participated in a panel discussion to talk about innovation in the (digital) MRV space a few months ago. The recording was recently uploaded, and we left a comment with timestamps on YouTube so you can easily navigate this conversation.

Feeling inspired? Join our community on Discord to connect and network with other data engineers, climate scientists, and ReFi enthusiasts.

Thallo's Two-Way Carbon Credit Bridge is Live

Thallo has deployed its infrastructure for tokenizing carbon credits on the Celo blockchain. The two-way bridge ensures that carbon credits are traceable on both the blockchain and the underlying carbon registry.

Read more in this post from the Climate Collective, of which Thallo is a member.

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