Data generated in the cities have great potential to assist in studies on urban metabolism and urban energy transition. Several cities around the world have already adopted the open data portals to share data and increase their capabilities. However, much of these data are of low resolution, diverse formats, and mostly lack real energy measurements of buildings. In this paper, we address this issue by using an example of Energy Hub data portal “NRGYHUB”, an urban energy portal for open data for the city of Västerås, Sweden. Granular electricity, district heating and water consumption data were collected and matched to their corresponding buildings. The data are stored into a database and will be available for public through a GIS-driven interface. The challenges that were faced during the data access process are briefly described. The potential of NRGYHUB data portal as a tool to develop urban policies is discussed.
Keywords Open data, data challenges, data sharing portals, urban energy, urban metabolism, smart sustainable city