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Useful Websites for Renewables Research
UK Energy Statistics and Information
Brilliant source of UK energy statistics, collated by the UK Energy Research Centre. Provides statistcs about energy usage, trends, historical data, the energy market, renewable technologies, etc.
Wind speeds/Solar energy [UK]
The UK government NOABL wind speed database is no longer available online, but RenSMART have converted this data into a user-friendly map, which also includes solar energy values.
Statistical Review of World Energy
Provides "high-quality objective and globally consistent data on world energy markets"
"Up-to-date information about offshore hazards and activities for the oil and gas, subsea cable, renewable energy and marine aggregate industries".
These bulletins are updated fortnightly, and are now published online.
CEFAS Aquatic Environment Reports
The Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science environment reports, including the Aquatic Environment Monitoring Reports, are now available online
UK Government Renewables Statistics (replaces RESTATS)
Statistical information on renewable energy projects from the UK government. Includes the
, giving progress of renewable energy planning applications.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
US government laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research. Good starting point for factual information about renewable technology. Produces the
Renewable Energy Data Book
, an excellent source of up-to-date statistical information about renewables in the USA.
Alternative Fuels Data Center
US government website about alternative fuels for vehicles. Good source of basic factual information.
Scottish Government Renewable Energy website
Scottish Government site on renewable energy. Lots of useful links to policy documents.
European Commission Renewable Energy website
Information about European Union targets, links to Directives, progress reports, etc.
UK Renewable Energy Roadmap
UK government site about UK progress towards meeting the 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive. Updated annually.
Renewable Energy Association
Trade body for the UK renewables industry.
EU law, including the Official Journal, treaties, and case law.
Key resource for finding patents.
Full text access to over 70 million patents and patent applications from around 90 countries. Also includes around 2 million non-patent literature references.
Coverage varies from country to country. Espacenet includes:
German patents from 1877 onwards
French patents from 1900 onwards
British patents from 1859 onwards
US patents from 1836 onwards
Information on environmental law treaties, international policies, guidance documents, national legislation, and case law.
Most items are available in full text.
BGS Maps Portal
Provides over 6000 BGS maps and sections, including the key 1:63 360/1:50 000 maps of England, Wales and Scotland. Includes geology, geophysical, geochemistry and hydrogeology maps. 1832-2014.
Digimap Ordnance Survey Data Collection
Digimap is provided by ICIT and is NOT searched by Discovery.
• View, annotate and print maps from a variety of geospatial data providers
• Download geospatial data for use in CAD and GIS systems
• Access information about geospatial data and resources
log-in with your Heriot-Watt username and password, but users must also personally register to use the service Registration required:
Academic Support & Liaison Librarian
Subjects: Brewing and Distilling
Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering
Human Health and Disease
ICIT (International Centre for Island Technology)
Marine, Environment & Climate Change