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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Sustainable Travel - Electric Vehicles and Hydrogen Transport

DEI is supporting research into low-carbon forms of transport.

Electric Vehicles

We are working with Durham County Council and other partners in the region to develop the infrastructure needed for Electric Vehicles (EVs) and to ensure that this is developed in a fair and socially-inclusive way.

A study by the students from our MSc Energy and Society investigated how Durham County Council can help to sustain and encourage the growth of electric vehicles in Durham City. The information and anaylsis helped the council to plan its work on Electric vehicles and was used for an InnovateUK Research project which is now underway about EVs in rural areas of the region.

Find out more about the Masters in Energy and Society and the exciting projects students get involved in at

Find out about research ensuring there is a fair system which can cope with millions of EVs charging at once

Hydrogen Transport Network

Durham University is leading on the national Hydrogen Transport Network. Professor Tony Roskilly leads the national Network-H2 project working with Government, industry and other universities to decarbonise transport through hydrogen-fuelled vehicles and technology.

Hydrogen offers a clean and renewable alternative to fossil fuels and can bring significant environmental benefits to transport, society and the wider energy system.

Hydrogen-powered vehicles only produce heat and water.

Find out more about Network-H2 at