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Data Collection & Analysis (DC&A)

The Role of the DC&A Program

The DC&A program supports ACEP research in the collection and management of critical technical performance data. Fundamental to this program is the belief that data-driven analysis of energy systems can have substantial real world impacts. Highly trained and experienced ACEP research staff and faculty partner with projects to ensure that the needed data to be collected are identified given specific project goals and monitoring and assessment needs, and that instrumentation is appropriately specified, installed, and commissioned.

Data management is equally important, allowing for the formatting, quality assurance, storage, and access to data needed for meaningful and long-term use. ACEP has developed a comprehensive data management system that allows for technically sound, processed data that is securely archived yet easily searchable and accessible.

DC&A Services 

ACEP specializes in the collection and management of technical performance data from remote and isolated energy systems and offers a host of services that follow the life cycle of data: data collection, quality assurance, data analysis, data storage, data service.

Services are available for a number of customers, ranging from project stakeholders in need of independent in-situ performance characteristics of power systems to researchers in need of data for model design, validation and boundary conditions. From highly trained and experienced research staff and faculty, to partnerships with the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (ARSC) and the University of Alaska Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), ACEP has the experience and tools to meet your data collection and management needs.

Data Collection – Why is it Important?

 A majority of Alaska’s energy projects and systems lack sufficient data collection. While the projects and systems may be instrumented for operational or simple reporting purposes, little data is generated that allows for such things as performance analysis, optimization, and comparative assessment. By implementing a robust data collection plan, stakeholders can realize such benefits as the following:

  • Accurate assessment of the value of investment (project, infrastructure, program, etc.)
  • Comparative (apples to apples) analyses between projects and systems
  • Increased accuracy of analyses (technical, economic, etc.)
  • Standardized data useful across a broad range of analysis platforms

DC&A Partnerships

ACEP utilizes the following partnerships in support of this effort:

Alaska Energy Data Gateway

The Alaska Energy Data Gateway provides the public, as well as project developers and researchers, with comprehensive energy data from across the state. With this information, the public can make informed decisions about energy issues in their communities and see how similar issues are being addressed in other parts of the state. The Alaska Energy Data Gateway (AEDG) is a public resource funded by a grant from the Department of Energy's EPSCoR program. ACEP utilizes the Alaska Energy Data Gateway for the hosting and dissemination of data.

Alaska Region Supercomputing Center

The Alaska Region Supercomputing Center (ARSC) Arctic Region Supercomputing Center operates supercomputers and large-scale storage systems for use by the University of Alaska community. ARSC provides a lab and classroom, Web services, software, and a variety of supporting systems. The faculty and staff of ARSC provide guidance to utilize these tools for computationally-based science, engineering and discovery. ACEP utilizes ARSC webspace, database servers, and technical support for data storage and archiving.