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Durham Energy Institute funds 10 new interdisciplinary Energy projects

(5 November 2012)

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In October Durham Energy Institute awarded £90,000 towards interdisciplinary Energy related projects. The DEI small grant scheme aims to develop Durham University’s interdisciplinary research capacity and to enhance the external representation of the ground-breaking research being undertaken on Energy technology.

 

The 18 projects funded represent cutting-edge research which is interdisciplinary across the social sciences and sciences with successful cross-departmental applications from Durham University departments of Anthropology, Physics, Geography, Biology, Engineering, Archaeology, Earth Sciences, Mathematics and the School of Economics, Finance and Business. The funding helps to achieve one of the key goals of the DEI to encourage radical interdisciplinarity in Energy-related research.

In October Durham Energy Institute awarded £90,000 towards interdisciplinary Energy related projects. The DEI small grant scheme aims to develop Durham University’s interdisciplinary research capacity and to enhance the external representation of the ground-breaking research being undertaken on Energy technology.

 

The 18 projects funded represent cutting-edge research which is interdisciplinary across the social sciences and sciences with successful cross-departmental applications from Durham University departments of Anthropology, Physics, Geography, Biology, Engineering, Archaeology, Earth Sciences, Mathematics and the School of Economics, Finance and Business. The funding helps to achieve one of the key goals of the DEI to encourage radical interdisciplinarity in Energy-related research.

 

One successful project involves a collaboration between the local Durham community and Durham´s departments of Geography, Biological Sciences, Engineering and Computing Sciences, Greenspace and the Institute of Advance Studies. The project is focused on assessing the potential for `micro-hydro generation on the river wear´ as a new form of decentralised, community-based energy generation and the implications for energy supply networks. Identifying how network flexibility can enable power supply and how micro-hydro can develop a flexible resource for networks.

 

Many of the projects also build links with institutions and organisations outside Durham University. The project led by Professor Simon Marvin on ´Constructing a Comparative Research Framework for Low Carbon Laboratories´ project will enhance collaboration with Manchester and Salford University across Geography, Engineering and Anthropology. The exploratory small-scale project will enable longer-term collaborations, the sharing of laboratories for future experimental research and will allow a research proposal to be developed for further EPSRC funding.

 

A further project will help to enhance Durham University’s green credentials and its response to the challenge of carbon reduction within its unique heritage context. The research aims to improve the interactions and approaches of those people involved in lowering the carbon footprint of the university and identify what types of organisational and cultural context could increase the effectiveness of these activities, including producing a new model of knowledge exchange.

 

This is the third round of the DEI small-grants scheme that this year is funded by an allocation of £80,000 from the EPSRC ‘Bridging the Gap’ fund focused on supporting interdisciplinary energy related work, and a further £10,000 funded directly by the DEI.

 

For further information on Durham Energy Institute´s interdisciplinary Energy ground-breaking research into the societal aspects of energy technologies visit the DEI research webpages. 

 

For more information on the DEI small grants programme visit the DEI funding opportunities webpages.