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Examples of our Research Impact

Action in Communities: Access to Energy and Addressing Fuel Poverty

Durham Energy Institute works with communities to support local energy projects and to inform local discussions on energy issues such as fracking and heat networks. It also works with local authorities and regional bodies on regional energy projects and has a schools outreach programme on energy education and encouraging engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects. Read more

Sustainable Transport - Hydrogen and Electric Vehicles

DEI is supporting the transition to low-carbon forms of transportation. Our research includes new fuels for transportation, new engine designs, electrifying transportation and the infrastructure required for these transformations.

Putting Power Back in the Hands of Households

Durham is leading on innovations to make our energy system flexible enough and safe enough so that future households can begin to trade the energy they generate with each other as well as to the national grid.

Clean Growth: A Partnership for the Future in Offshore Wind

We are supporting the UK Offshore Wind Industry to become a global leader. Working with industry leaders, our research is helping to reduce costs, improve turbine design and enhance maintenance and operation in the sector. 

Geothermal Energy for the UK: Clean Growth and Innovation

The UK's geothermal resources are significant and could supply heat to the UK for over a century. Durham University leads research into the potential for geothermal energy in the UK and beyond.


Completed Projects

Mathematical foundations for energy networks: buffering, storage and transmission

Addressing public concerns around fracking

  • ReFINE - Researching Fracking In Europe Exploring the risks of hydraulic fracking
  • Framing “Fracking”: Public concerns surrounding hydraulic fracturing and unconventional fossil fuels in the UK.

Partnerships for sustainable development 

  • The Rising Powers, Clean Development and the Low Carbon Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Transforming Energy Access (TEA) initiative.

People-centred Development and Design


Technical solutions to global energy challenges

  • Mathematical foundations for energy networks: buffering, storage and transmission
  • Muon Tomography for monitoring carbon storage sites
  • Smarter Grid: Empowering SG Market Actors through Information and Communication Technologies
  • TOPMOST - Towards Joint Power-Communication System Modelling and Optimisation for Smart Grid Application: Virtual Power Plant
  • Use of Quantitative Modelling in Energy Policy Formulation and Communication.
  • Future Conventional Power Research Consortium