As the availability of fossil fuels declines and traditional energy structures become obsolete, it is essential we develop new energy sources that can also help counter the threat of climate change, as well as building smarter, flexible and integrated energy systems. Durham’s experts are at the forefront of developing these new energy solutions, which has been further enhanced by the University’s role in CESI.
Durham Energy Institute are leading this national network which has a leadership role in advancing the rapidly advancing hydrogen-enabled transport sector across the energy, marine, on-road, rail and aviation sectorsNorth East Centre for Energy Materials
Durham University leads research into the potential for geothermal energy in the UK. The UK's geothermal resources are significant could supply heat to the UK for over a century. Our innovative research considers water in abandoned mines as a future low carbon heat source. We are working with the Coal Authority, Regional Local Enterprise Partnerships, Durham County Council, the BritGeothermal research partnership and Industry to explore this potential and develop demonstrators in the UK.
Regional Offshore Wind Clusters
Durham Energy Institute is a key partner in two of eight regional clusters developed as part of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal UK - the North East Cluster Energi Coast and the Humber Cluster - Aura. These regional collaborations between major companies in the offshore wind industry, leading academic institutions and government and non-governmental organisations have a key role in driving forward the ambitions of the UK offshore wind industry and regional economic development. Durham’s Professor Simon Hogg, Ørsted Chair in Renewable Energy, is leading on innovation in both clusters.
Aura is the offshore wind energy cluster for the Humber region. This includes Durham University and our strategic partner Ørsted, the biggest wind developer in the world, along with Siemens Gamesa. Aura aims to act as a catalyst for collaboration and innovation to support the sector’s growth. Since its inception in 2015 Aura has created an Innovation Centre and the Aura Centre for Doctoral Training where Durham University are leading 15 PhD projects in offshore wind energy and the environment.
Durham Energy Institute are leading the Innovation Group within Energi Coast which aims to identify and address innovation challenges for the Offshore Wind sector in the North East of England to maximise the opportunities the sector presents.