The Durham Energy Institute tackles the societal aspects of energy technology development and use. This is increasingly recognised as an important aspect of energy research, which has previously been overlooked.
The UK government has set ambitious targets for increasing energy security, reducing energy consumption and for producing energy from low (or no) carbon sources.
However, society drives the demand for energy and it is essential to develop technologies that can operate in a more energy efficient way and/or exploit energy from low carbon sources. A low carbon energy future will only be achieved if technology development is relevant to the needs of the private sector and acceptable to society such that effectively adopted.
The Durham Energy Institute draws upon its existing considerable knowledge base, skills and expertise to:-
- promote technical scientific excellence in energy science
- solve technological-social problems associated with energy provision, demand and use
We aspire to initiate the behavioural step change required for society to realise a low carbon future; in the process establishing DEI as an internationally leading institution which is recognised worldwide as a centre for integrating energy science with society.
- DEI Leaflet (last modified: 18 May 2010)