Geospatial Toolkit (GsT) Webinar

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This webinar provides an overview, and also demonstrates usage of the Geospatial Toolkit.


Webinar Video




  • Monday, December 6, 2010
  • 12-1 p.m. Golden, CO
  • 2-3 p.m., Washington, D.C.
  • 4-5 p.m., Santiago, Chile

Note: An RSVP is required to ensure that we have enough phone lines and/or seats. The speaker will present from the Golden, Colorado, office. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the DOE/Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office (EERE), and the Chilean Renewable Energy Center will present a webinar on the Geospatial Toolkit for Latin American countries. The Geospatial Toolkit (GsT) was developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and is a map-based software application that integrates resource data and other geographic information systems (GIS) data for integrated resource assessment. The GsT allows visualization of the renewable resource distribution relative to a country’s infrastructure, and user-customized spatial query of the resource and infrastructure relationships (i.e. how much good wind resource is within a certain distance of transmission lines). Additionally, users can print maps of their area of interest, save query results, and link their data to the HOMER system optimization tool.

Background and Speaker Biographies

More Gst Info: The non-resource country-specific data for each GsT comes from a variety of agencies within each country as well as from global datasets. Funding for the toolkits was provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of State (DOS), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The GsT was completely redesigned and re-released in November 2010 to provide a more modern, easier-to-use interface with considerably faster analytical querying capabilities. The revised version of the Geospatial Toolkit has been released for three countries: Bangladesh, Nepal, and Turkey. A revised version of the GsT will be released for all existing original version countries in the coming weeks.

The new version of the GsT also integrates HOMER for all countries, an optimization model for distributed power, though custom HOMER application files have not been developed for all countries. Due to the GsT's integration with HOMER, the application is only available on Windows platforms.

Speakers’ Bio: Donna Heimiller is a Sr. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, with 12 years of experience in utilizing GIS to solve renewable energy problems. Her work is primarily in the area of renewable resource characterization, site suitability analysis, and energy system modeling support. She holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, and M.F. in Spatial Data Analysis from Colorado State University.

Ted Quinby is a project manager and application developer with the Data Analysis and Visualization Group at NREL. Quinby's expertise includes the application of innovative mapping, visualization, and spatial analytical tools in support of renewable energy technologies. He holds a B.S. in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.


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