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Utilising smart meter data for research and innovation in the UK

Webborn, E; Elam, S; McKenna, E; Oreszczyn, T; (2019) Utilising smart meter data for research and innovation in the UK. In: Proceedings of ECEEE 2019 Summer Study on energy efficiency. (pp. pp. 1387-1396). ECEEE: Belambra Presqu'île de Giens, France. Green open access

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Abstract

Great Britain aims to install 53 million smart electricity and gas meters in around 27 million domestic properties by 2020. Smart meters provide the potential for high-resolution electricity and gas consumption data that has never previously existed on a national scale.To leverage this national investment, UK Research and Innovation has funded a sizeable project to develop a Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL) to provide access to smart meter energy data for UK researchers. A primary objective of SERL is to develop a secure research portal for researchers to access energy data, linked to relevant contextual data (e.g. socio-demographics, building characteristics and weather data), thereby facilitating high-quality scientific research. This paper focuses on data availability and will discuss the benefits, challenges and methods for developing a national data resource that will support a wide range of research across the energy sector. The paper provides practical guidance to researchers who want to utilise SERL data directly, as well as insights for researchers, policy-makers or other organizations who wish to utilise smart energy data more broadly. Issues discussed include the complexities of data governance and quality associated with smart energy data, innovative approaches to research design (enabling both Observatory and Laboratory functions) and practical solutions to sector-wide issues such as smart meter consumer authentication.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Utilising smart meter data for research and innovation in the UK
Event: ECEEE 2019 Summer Study on energy efficiency: Is efficient sufficient?
Location: Presqu'ile de Giens, France
Dates: 03 June 2019 - 08 June 2019
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.eceee.org/library/conference_proceedin...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Smart meters, energy demand, domestic energy, research, web portal, big data
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10075955
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