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Energy Research

We are helping the UK and countries around the world to ensure greater energy security, energy sustainability and fair access to energy.

Research at the Durham Energy Institute focuses on understanding energy transitions and opportunities for energy decarbonisation.
Research Themes
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Our world-leading researchers bring unique perspectives and innovative expertise to address global energy challenges. We identify important energy issues where we can accelerate the energy transition, and we bring together the people with the best knowledge and expertise to make energy systems clean and just.  DEI is at the forefront of energy research in the following themes:

  • Socio-technical approaches to whole energy systems
  • Decarbonising heat and power
  • Energy materials and resource geopolitics

Our researchers' passion for working across boundaries, and the breadth of energy research at Durham, means we can yield major breakthroughs and real impacts in the world.

Find out more about our research in DEI's Research Themes