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DEI and Durham Heat Hub support national day of action for warm homes

Every winter millions of people across the UK struggle to stay warm and healthy at home. Rising energy costs, low incomes and energy inefficient homes leave them unable to afford even basic household essentials like energy, food and heating. These struggles are being made worse by Covid-19.

This Fuel Poverty Awareness Day [27 November] Durham Energy Institute is joining national charity National Energy Action (NEA) and others up and down the country to highlight this issue and encourage people to seek the help that is available to keep warm at home. 

(27 Nov 2020) » More about Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

DEI responds to Prime Minister's10 point plan for Green Industrial Revolution

DEI welcomes the Green Industrial Revolution 10-point plan with its emphasis on supporting zero-carbon solutions, 'Levelling-up' and creating green jobs in the North.

Together with the four Faculties comprising Durham University, we are developing a long-term green job strategy including future programmes and changes to current courses, which will support this plan.

DEI are leading on a wide range of Regional and National initiatives on offshore wind, hydrogen, deployment of CCS, large-scale decarbonisation of heating, delivery of new energy materials and meeting society’s demand for affordable, secure and sustainable energy provision. We offer our support to the new Zero Carbon Taskforces.

(19 Nov 2020) » More about DEI responds to Prime Minister's10 point plan for Green Industrial Revolution

Sumit Roy wins place on prestigious ICURe commercialisation support programme for innovative flexible free piston generator technology

Dr Sumit Roy DEI early career researcher from the Roskilly Research Group at Durham University has secured a place in the prestigious ICURe programme funded through Innovate UK, for the project entitled 'High efficiency fuel flexible free piston engine generator'.

(6 Nov 2020) » More about ICURe commercialisation scheme

‘Decarbonisation’ may be the wrong goal for energy – here’s why

In this article for the Conversation DEI Director Professor Simone Abram, DEI Fellow Dr Alton Horsfall, and DEI Associate Fellow Dr Andrew Crossland review a recent Nature Energy paper which suggests that countries investing in nuclear power don’t reduce their greenhouse gas emissions compared to those which invest in renewable energy instead. This suggested that when it comes to reaching net-zero emissions as quickly as possible, not all low-carbon energy sources are equally useful.

(3 Nov 2020) » More about Decarbonisation

Doctors, academics, faith leaders representing millions of people and MPs demand Boris Johnson comes up with a climate plan

Prime Minister Boris Johnson received what the i newspaper calls a “flurry of letters” from doctors, academics, religious leaders, young activists and politicians urging him to to come up with a climate plan ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), which the UK Government hosts in Glasgow next year. This includes a letter signed by key Durham Institute Researchers from COP26 Universities Network. 

(3 Nov 2020) » More about Doctors, academics, faith leaders representing millions of people and MPs demand Boris Johnson comes up with a climate plan

Opportunity for Industry to shape energy materials research and training

Renewable Energy Northeast Universities Centre for Doctoral Training (ReNU CDT) trains exceptional PhD students in Renewable Energy materials science, experimental techniques, and innovation. ReNU is seeking to broaden and deepen its relationships with industry with opportunities for industry to contribute to training, to propose research projects and to shape the skills sets developed. 

(3 Nov 2020) » More about Renewable Energy Training

New Publication on Low-Carbon Domestic Heating Technologies

DEI Director Professor Tony Roskilly and former DEI Director Professor Tooraj Jamasb who is now at Copengagen Business School have co-authored a new paper: Experience Rates of Low-Carbon Domestic Heating Technologies in the United Kingdom (2020) Renaldi RenaldiRichard Hall , Tooraj Jamasb and Anthony P. Roskilly Working Papers, Copenhagen Business School, No 16-2020

(14 Oct 2020) » More about New Publication on Low-Carbon Domestic Heating Technologies

Simon Hogg speaks to Mariella Frostrup on Times Radio Ørsted

Simon Hogg, Ørsted Professor in Renewable Energy, spoke on Times Radio about the amazing success story of UK Offshore Wind and the need to invest in large scale energy storage to further expand the potential of wind energy in the future. Wind is now a cheap and reliable source of renewable energy in the UK. 

(14 Oct 2020) » More about Prof Hogg on Time Radio

DEI Fellow Dr Yiji Lu Appointed Associate Editor at Energy Reports

We are delighted to announce that Dr Yiji Lu, DEI Fellow, has been promoted as an Associate Editor at the prestigious Energy Reports Journal.

Energy Reports is an Elsevier, online multidisciplinary fully open access journal, covering any aspect of energy research, either from a technical engineering viewpoint or from a social research aspect, and all subject areas will be considered (e.g. renewables, fossil, nuclear).

(13 Oct 2020) » More about Dr Yiji Lu

Network-H2: Call for Expressions of Interest for an economic case study for hydrogen fuelled transportation

The Durham University led, Network-H2, is inviting Expressions of Interest from researchers to collaborate on producing an economic case report for hydrogen fuelled transportation. The total funding for this call will be £50,000 and is anticipated the funding will be allocated to 4 successful applicants to collaborate together. EPSRC funding conditions will apply.

(13 Oct 2020) » More about Network-H2 call

North Sea oil: new owners for twilight years raise questions of national interest

Durham Energy Institute fellows Professor Gavin Bridge and Alexander Dodge writing for the Conversation discuss the implications of the reverse takeover deal between Chrysaor and Premier Oil which they say marks a new era in the North Sea.

(10 Oct 2020) » More about North Sea Oil twilight years

Making net-zero easier by embracing solutions for heat, transport and electricity

In this article for Open Access Government, Dr Andrew Smallbone, Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering, and Durham Energy Institute Fellow, explores how net-zero can be made easier by embracing solutions for heat, transport and electricity together.

(7 Oct 2020) » More about Net-zero solutions

DEI comments on Boris Johnson's statement: Wind farms could power every home by 2030

Speaking to the Conservative party conference, the Prime Minister said the UK would become "the world leader in clean wind energy" and announced £160m to upgrade ports and factories for building turbines to help the country "build back greener" and create new green jobs.

DEI Executive Director Jon Gluyas and Ørsted Professor of Renewable Energy Simon Hogg responded to this welcome news.

(6 Oct 2020) » More about DEI response to PM Offshore Wind statement

Transition to post-carbon economy must be inclusive

The transition to net-zero cannot be sustainable if it creates or exacerbates social inequalities, urges a new policy briefing co-authored by Professor Simone Abram (Durham Energy Institute). 

(5 Oct 2020) » More about Just Transition briefing

N8 Research Partnership and Northern Powerhouse Partnership submit Comprehensive Spending Review bid to drive green recovery from Covid-19

The N8 Research Partnership, the strategic collaboration of eight research-intensive universities in the North including Durham University, has joined forces with the Northern Powerhouse Partnership to submit a representation to the 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review.

(1 Oct 2020) » More about NetZeroNorth

Waste Heat - a blog

Sometimes we get lucky even amid the Covid 19 pandemic and opportunities arise. 

Back in the summer of 2019, Durham Energy Institute was able to employ two undergraduate interns from Engineering. Kitty Bennett and Max Albert were supported by funds from a private individual and some residual funds from BP to undertake a project conceived by Jon Gluyas and Charlotte Adams. 

(28 Sep 2020) » More about Waste Heat - a blog

Successful Energi Coast Innovation Group Launch to support sector’s technology development ambitions

Durham Energy Institute and Energi Coast hosted an extremely well received launch event for the new regional Offshore Wind Innovation Group. The event was hosted online and had 100 registrants from leading industry and innovation representatives from the UK offshore wind supply chain.

(24 Sep 2020) » More about Successful Energi Coast Innovation Group Launch to support sector’s technology development ambitions