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DEI addresses energy challenges collaboratively through strong partnerships with industry, international partners, governments, community groups and other academic institutions. This ensures our research is relevant and effective.

We welcome individuals and organisations to get in contact with us for information on current energy issues and innovative solutions, discussing opportunities to collaborate on research or engaging with our energy training programmes.
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Our experienced researchers are involved in advising and shaping energy policy and technology planning both nationally and internationally through work with:

  • Government organisations
  • Parliamentary groups
  • Local and Regional Authorities
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
  • Policy Makers and Influencers.

Examples of our work

  • Government and Policy consultations
  • Hydrogen for Transportation network with UK Department of Transport
  • Working with Durham County Council to understand the impact of Covid Lockdown on energy usage and to develop local innovations for heat decarbonisation
  • DFID Transforming Energy Access
  • Haringey Borough Council
  • Geothermal energy
  • North East Energy Catalyst and North East LEP.


Durham Energy Institute has strong, active links with Industry, from locally-based business to global companies. We have connections with major energy developers, producers, suppliers, distributors and manufacturers of components and products.

Partnership with us gives industry access to exceptional academic expertise, world-leading research, and state of the art equipment and facilities.

DEI collaborates with industry through studentships, collaborative research, consultancy, and contract research services.

Featured industry partnerships

  • Our strategic partnership with Ørsted the leading Offshore Wind developer in the world
  • USER Project - unlocking the 'prosumer' role in the domestic sector by means of Artificial Intelligence-led hot water tanks
  • Prosperity Partnerships: A New Partnership in Offshore Wind (Ørsted, Siemens Gamesa)
  • Centre for Energy Systems Integration (Ørsted, Siemens Gamesa, Centrica, REDT Energy Storage, Northern Powergrid, Gentoo, Jaguar LandRover, Northern Gas Networks, Scottish and Southern, National Grid, Ofgem)
  • The Customer-Led Network Revolution (Northern Power Grid, British Gas, EA Technology, Ofgem Low Carbon Networks Fund).

Formal roles in industrial partnerships

  • Jon Gluyas - Member of the board for North East Energy Catalyst
  • Tony Roksilly - Teesside Industrial Cluster Academic lead
  • Simon Hogg - Energi Coast Academic lead (North East of England's Offshore Wind Cluster)
  • Simon Hogg - Ørsted Professor of Renewable Energy
  • Joanna Berry - North East LEP scale-up advisory board
  • Joanna Berry - Director of Acumen community buildings, a social enterprise company in Houghton le Spring, County Durham
  • Joanna Berry - Regional vice-chair for Institute of Directors.


DEI has strong partnerships with international organisations in research, industry, governance, policy and community sectors.

We aim to internationalise all our research and ask what it means for different economies, climates and cultures across the world.

International networks

  • Matariki Network of Universities
  • Low Carbon Energy for Development Network
  • Mexican Energy Partnership
  • Ethics Network
  • EUA Environment and Energy Platform.

Featured international projects

  • WindAfrica
  • The Rising Powers, Clean Development and the Low Carbon Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • INCLUsive Decarbonization and Energy transition (INCLUDE)
  • Transforming Energy Access (TEA) initiative
  • TESTBED and Testbed2
  • The knowledge of power – Sao Paulo
  • Rutherford Fellowships
  • PEOPLE: PEOple-centred development approaches in Practical and Learning Environments

Formal roles in international organisations and Research Centres

  • Jon Gluyas - Advisory Board for Oslo University Energy Institute
  • Tony Roskilly - Chair Professor, College of Energy Engineering, Zhejiang University
  • Tony Roskilly - Visiting Professor Beijing Institute of Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Douglas Halliday - Chair of European University Association Energy and Environment Platform.

Community engagement and partnerships

Durham Energy Institute works with communities to inform local discussions on energy issues such as fracking and heat networks and to support local energy projects.

It also has a schools outreach programme on energy education and encouraging engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects.

Our Energy students are also encouraged to undertake locally-relevant research projects which can support communities in their low-carbon aims.

Examples of community partnerships

  • Durham Miners Association
  • National Energy Action
  • Community Energy England
  • Student Energy Society
  • Green Durham.