NETL’s Energy Data eXchange (EDX) has served as a virtual platform for the public curation of research data and tools for more than a decade, bringing together researchers from across the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM). Now, as the Biden Administration begins the transition to a clean energy economy, the data and models available through EDX are helping shape this new future where federal leadership will partner with power plant communities to create good-paying union jobs, spur economic revitalization, mediate environmental degradation and support energy workers.
“EDX preserves research products stemming from projects valued at over $20 billion dollars, including datasets and modeling tools” said NETL’s Kelly Rose, Ph.D., technical director of NETL’s Science-based Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Institute (SAMI). “These products support the goals of the Administration and will help accelerate the technology development necessary to get us to a carbon emission-free electricity sector by 2035 and economy-wide net-zero emissions by 2050 while ensuring affordable, reliable energy supplies for U.S. economic growth in all regions.”
EDX, which went live in 2012, both publishes and curates research products to enable technology transfer while supporting secure, private, multi-institution collaboration for ongoing research projects. The platform supports the entire data lifecycle, enabling researchers to collect and upload data, where it can be organized and annotated; analyzed, used and re-used; disseminated, aggregated and sorted; and then preserved through indexing, curation and archiving.
Several FECM research programs have encouraged and supported methodical curation of R&D products and use of EDX over the past decade. These include:
“Enormous successes have been achieved through FECM research over the last decade, and with EDX, researchers have enduring access to all of the data, models and tools,” Rose said. “These researchers are from multiple organizations, and they can easily share, build and collaborate on the platform to leverage this wealth of resources toward solving the challenges of the coming paradigm shift in energy production.”
NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory that drives innovation and delivers technological solutions for an environmentally sustainable and prosperous energy future. By leveraging its world-class talent and research facilities, NETL is ensuring affordable, abundant and reliable energy that drives a robust economy and national security, while developing technologies to manage carbon across the full life cycle, enabling environmental sustainability for all Americans.