NREL Releases Technology Cost and Efficiency Database for Renewables
16 July 2012: The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has announced a new database, called the Transparent Cost Database (TCDB), which collects cost and performance estimates for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The information is expected to facilitate corporate benchmarking, academic research and public decision making.The TCDB provides information on both historical and projected technology cost, and performance estimates for vehicles, biofuels, and electricity generation. Data have been collected from published studies and the DOE’s internal planning documents. According to NREL, the database will also soon allow experts to provide new information. The DOE’s Open Energy Information platform, a clearinghouse for energy information, will provide access to all data.