New edition of SERL domestic energy data

17 Jun 2021

The next edition of the Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL) Observatory dataset is now available to eligible applicants.

What is available?

The dataset includes daily and half-hourly domestic gas and electricity consumption data for approximately 4,800 GB households. It covers the period from August 2018 to October 2020. This new edition updates the previous dataset from August 2020 which included data from 1700 pilot study participants.

This data is linked to:

  • Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) data for the households (where available)
  • 20+ weather data variables
  • demographic and building information on the households from a contextual survey.

Accessing the data

All SERL data is subject to strict data governance in line with the Smart Energy Code (SEC) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The data is accessible to accredited UK academic researchers who have successfully applied to access SERL through the process detailed on the SERL website

SERL Director Simon Elam said: ‘This new edition of the dataset is a major milestone of the SERL project and represents the fruits of the labours of the SERL consortium team over the past three and a half years. We are very excited to make the data available to researchers and we hope to see more and more researchers putting in project applications and using the data in their research’.

Next steps

A further release is planned for later in 2021 which will add data for the SERL ‘Wave 3’ participants and thus cover the full SERL Observatory panel of over 13,300 homes.

For more detailed documentation on the SERL Observatory dataset please see the UK Data Service Catalogue entry (Study 8666)