Portal:Power Plants

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Screenshot from the Google Earth KML file. Icons represent power plant fuel types, while circles indicate the amount of electrical power output.
Clicking on an icon provides the link to the power plant's wiki page on Enipedia


[edit] NEW -- navigate the world's power plants directly from your browser!

A new interface to allow you to browse the world's power plants on your browser is in the making.

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[edit] All the world's power plants in a single database

Enipedia is an attempt to bring together data and information on all the world's power plants, to make it available on line, for querying, visualization, for analysis, for updating and expansion. Enipedia is both a database and a wiki. Enipedia connects to other databases available on line. By importing and visualizing their data, enipedia serves as an alternate window, facilitating curation and maintenance of said data. Thus, a rich, up-to-date, accurate picture is created of the state of electric power supply around the world - what resources are being used, what technologies are employed, what about conversion efficiencies and emissions?

We believe this is important because electricity is pivotal to modern society. Electric power generation is capital-intensive, carbon-intensive, knowledge-intensive and technology-intensive. Around the world thermal power plants dominate the scene. Carbon fuels (hard coal, natural gas, brown coal) are the fuel of choice, while there are currently 433 nuclear power reactors in operation. Enipedia knows of 238 sites with one or more nuclear reactors.

Fossil resource depletion, carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere and concerns on security-of-supply in the 21st century have led many a country to stipulate renewable energy and to vouch for an energy transition - away from fossil, towards renewable. Around the globe already many wind farms, solar and biomass installations have been put in operation. Using the data in enipedia, reveals that while in many a country natural gas, coal and uranium remain the fuel of choice, some countries already appear to have a largely renewable electricity supply by catering for their electricity needs largely with hydro power - Brazil, for example, has 390 hydropower stations listed in enipedia.

We invite you to explore enipedia, use its information and add to it. We URGE you to correct errors and omissions that you spotted and to add new power plants or plans for new power plants if you know of them. You are also welcome to develop your own queries to the database, to evolve new selections and views of the data contained. Consult Working with Enipedia for help and instructions.

[edit] What YOU can do with Enipedia

Enipedia is about the liberation of data - we've stored it in this Semantic Wiki in order to be able to query it.

Enipedia allows you to annotate database content with free text. Also, text can be mixed with query results: for example, the number of nuclear sites in the world is 238; there are 390 hydropower plants in Brazil known to enipedia.

The combination of database and wiki gives YOU the option to compile (query) your overviews or extracts from the data and visualize them to your preference. The links below, for example, lead you to pages that provide overviews on countries, continents, CO2 etc. Each of these pages is built from a single query on enipedia's database.

[edit] Use Enipedia in research

We welcome the use of Enipedia in research -- to liberate data and make it available for research is one of our objectives. Please let us know of your projects and ideas.

  • Whenever you use data from Enipedia, publish your query results etc., we ask you to cite Enipedia appropriately as a source; guidelines are given in About Enipedia.

Anyone who can edit enipedia may construct new queries on the data. Try out some of the example queries:

Why not try your own query -- login and create your own querysandbox page; copy/paste one of the above and start your experiment!

[edit] Navigate Enipedia with Google Earth kml file

We have created a KML file for Google Earth Earth client-16.png of power plant data that you can download and view on your computer using Google Earth. Just start Google Earth, click on "File", "Open", and select the EnipediaPowerPlants.kml you just downloaded. Go to Tools -> Options -> General -> "Show web results in external browser". This will make your webbrowser load any enipedia pages you may want to consult. More on the Google Earth Visualization...

[edit] How to Fix Incorrect/Missing Information?

Link to log in or create an account is in the upper right of the screen
Every power plant page has an "Edit with form" link in the upper right of the screen to guide you through the processes of editing

We fully expect for there to be incorrect and missing information. New power plants are always being built, old ones are being decommissioned or retrofitted, and owners change or are bought out. Keeping this information up to date requires a distributed effort integrating sources from around the world. The intent behind this site is to enable collaborative editing where we explore the use of different tools that can enable people to find problems in the data and direct them to areas that need attention.

Since this is a wiki, you can create an account and edit the information used to create this visualization. To do this, in the upper right of the screen, you'll see a "Log in / create account" link which you can use.

Once you have done this, for each of the pages, there is an "Edit with form" option visible on the top right of every power plant page that provides a user-friendly way to edit the power plant data.

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