Netzdaten Berlin - our open data portal

We see publicly accessible information on energy supply, including the energy grids, as a prerequisite for the success of the energy revolution in Germany. Open Data has the potential to encourage innovation and have a positive impact on acceptance of the energy revolution. We are providing support both by publishing our own data and by working with other stakeholders in the open data world.

This is why, since 2012, we have been publishing our grid data via the open data portal www.netzdaten-berlin.de. The portal was created in collaboration with the Fraunhofer institute FOKUS, which develops concepts, technologies and solutions in the area of open data.

Data categories

The portal contains data on the capital's energy distribution grid, divided into eight categories. Alongside the usual structural data such as circuit length or the number of withdrawal points, it also contains other facts, such as information on feeding renewable energies into the Berlin grid and grid usage fees. The data is provided in a machine-readable format, e.g. as csv or xls files. Live data on load and generation can be called up for each district as 15 minute values via an interface.

Use of open data

The data from the portal is free for use by anybody with an interest. Possible applications include pure research and the development of new apps, based on the data. Requests from students tell us that the data is frequently used in studies. We can also see the data being useful to journalists.