How @IrishEnergyBot used web scraping to help create awareness around Green Energy 🌱
What was the goal of your automation?
We decided to scrape the Irish electrical grid’s public real-time dashboard to help create awareness around how Ireland is a leading country in wind power generation.
What were the results?
Our Twitter account @IrishEnergyBot now has 2,000 followers receiving a daily report on how much wind generation there was on the Irish electric grid in the last 24 hours. Over the past ~18 months wind has met ~33% of Irish electrical demand on average. On windy days it regularly goes as high as 75%! We’re #2 in the world. Only Denmark has more wind power.
Why did you choose Browserless for automation?
Thanks to Browserless I can keep my puppeteer script in a simple, low-maintenance serverless environment. The connection is fast and reliable and since I need just a few minutes of browser time each month, usage-based pricing works out great.
Browserless is an essential component of @IrishEnergyBot that I just never have to worry about.
How to get started with Browserless
There are different ways to use our product.
- Use our online debugger to try it out!
- Sign up for a free account and get an API key. You have 6 hours of usage for free! After that, you can pay as you go, and only pay per second that you use!
- You can self-host for development purposes by using our OpenSource browserless docker image
- If you’ve already tested our service and want a dedicated machine for your requests, you might be interested in signing up for a dedicated account, this works best if your doing screencasting or have a heavy load of requests since you won’t be sharing resources.
If you’re using one of our hosted services; be that usage-based or capacity-based, just connect to our WebSocket securely with your token to start web scraping!