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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

DEI Research Generator Lunch

15th February 2017, 12:00 to 13:00, E360, School of Engineering & Computing Sciences, Professor Ray Sharples, Dr Douglas Halliday and Professor Damian Hampshire

DEI are holding their next Research Generator lunch meeting with the Department of Physics. The lunche includes three 10 minute presentations from Professor Ray Sharples, Dr Douglas Halliday and Professor Damian Hampshire, who will give an overview of their energy related research with a view to generating collaborative research projects at Durham. Lunch is provided.

The meeting will finish promptly at 1pm allowing for the start of the DEI Consultative Committee meeting at 1pm.

Registration is essential for catering purposes. Please email if you would like to attend.

Professor Ray Sharples
Experimental Fusion Plasma Research at Durham


Nuclear fusion is one of the most promising options for generating large amounts of carbon-free energy in the future. The field is set to cross a key threshold in the next decade with the construction of the ITER project in Cadarache, France which will demonstrate the first extended nuclear burn with an energy gain >10x the heating power required to sustain the fusion reaction. I will describe the research in fusion plasma diagnostics being undertaken at Durham as part of our EPSRC CDT programme and a recently awarded EPSRC grant on tokamak divertor spectroscopy.


Ray Sharples is the Director of the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation and the Durham lead on the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Science & Technology of Fusion Energy. He also has interests in astrophysical plasmas and the development of novel instrumentation for ground- and space-based telescopes, and the application these technologies to Earth remote sensing satellites.

Dr Douglas Halliday
Meeting the Tera-Watt challenge by solar PV


Solar photovoltaic technology has the potential to generate sustainably electricity at the Tera Watt level from incident solar radiation. Current installed global PV capacity is 230 GW (end of 2015). My presentation will explore the challenges faced by solar PV to achieve TW levels of production and describe approaches used to overcome these. The talk will look at emerging PV technologies and present new approaches to the development of solar PV to enable it to achieve its full potential.


Douglas Halliday is one of the Co-Directors of the Durham Energy Institute and Director of the Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy. His research interests include the development of sustainable materials for new thin-film PV technologies.

Professor Damian Hampshire
High Field Superconductors for Commercial Fusion Energy Applications


Superconductivity is the enabling technology for Nuclear fusion energy. I will describe the basic properties of superconductors and discuss the contribution we have made in Durham to the ITER fusion energy machine and how the high-field high-temperature superconductors are opening the possibility of next-generation smaller compact fusion energy machines.


Damian Hampshire is a Professor of Physics at Durham University. He is PI for the European Reference Laboratory for Fusion Energy and member of the executive board of the British Cryogenics Council. He was founding Director of the Centre for Materials Physics in Durham (2010) and Editor-in-chief of the IoP journal Superconductor Science and Technology (2006-2013). His interests are in the properties of superconducting materials in high magnetic fields – for use in high-field magnet systems including Fusion Energy Tokamaks, particle accelerators and MRI. Recent research includes: the development of nanocrystalline superconductors with enhanced upper critical fields; TDGL visualisation of flux flow in polycrystalline materials; fabrication of low resistivity joints between superconductors for modular fusion energy applications and the development of scaling laws for the critical current density under strain of LTS and HTS materials in high magnetic fields for the ITER fusion energy tokamak.

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