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Durham University

Centre for Resources and Earth Energy Systems (CeREES)

Nick Riley

Present post: Head of Sustainable & Renewable Energy Programme, British Geological Survey, UK

Main Career: Graduated 1977 Bristol University, Geology & Zoology, PhD (Geology- 1981). Joined BGS in 1980 working on coal exploration and development, and supporting BGS’  geological  mapping programmes.  Later career involved (in addition) working on geotechnical  aspects of major civil engineering projects (dams,  tunnels, roads, nuclear installations), as well as petroleum geology (UK N. Sea, Former Soviet Union and USA).
In 1999 joined the senior management team of BGS  and now runs the Sustainable & Renewable Energy  Programme. The programme involves all the CO2 storage research conducted by the BGS, as well as hydrogen,  geothermal, clean coal technology, and  underground energy storage. In 2003  Nick was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for  “services to UK geoscience”.  Since 2004 Nick has been Co-ordinator of the European Research Network of Excellence on the geological storage of CO2,  “CO2GeoNet”. Nick is an advisor, on clean fossil fuel and energy issues, to the EC,  United Nations, UK Government,  UK Research Councils and industry and is on technical  & working groups of international organizations such as the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF), the EC Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuelled Power Plants and the UK-Norway task force on N. Sea energy. He also co-lead a workshop on CO2 storage as part of the G8 activities in 2005.

Area of expertise: Geosciences, zoology & energy.

Publications.  Nick has over 30 publications in journals on a variety geoscience topics and has written several popular articles on CO2 . He is regularly involved in BBC broadcasts on geoscience, environmental and energy issues.