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Durham Energy Institute



DEI wins new funding for Hydrogen for Heat Laboratory

(5 June 2020)

A Durham Energy Institute project is one of the first four projects to win funding through the new North East Energy for Growth Fund.

Hydrogen for Heat, is centred around a hydrogen powered combined heat and power (CHP) system and will create a laboratory here in the North East. The project will establish a facility at Durham University to demonstrate hydrogen fuelled heating, storage and power generation with potential commercial applications. The project is being led by DEI Fellows Dr Andrew Smallbone, Dr Shivaprasad Vijayalakshmi, and Dr Sumit Roy.

Dr Andrew Smallbone, Associate Professor at Durham University, said:

“Hydrogen is central to enabling the UK economy to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Building upon our existing capability in this area, the new laboratory will take an internationally leading role in decarbonising heating and hydrogen technologies.


“One opportunity is the co-generation of heat and electrical power which in combination yields a very high efficiency solution. We will use the laboratory to advance and demonstrate one such system which is powered by both natural gas and/or hydrogen.”


The projects have been supported through the North East Energy for Growth strategy, which aims to drive economic growth in the North East while bringing sector partners together to deliver at scale on national energy strategy.

The strategy identifies 13 themes where the North East can both contribute to national policy and bring more and better jobs to the region, ranging from low-emission transport to heat networks, and geothermal energy from old mine workings.

The North East Energy for Growth strategy received £1.2m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund. The Local Growth Fund is supporting major capital investments to promote innovation, economic and skills infrastructure and sustainable transport as part of the North East Growth Deal.

Find out more about the North East Energy for Growth Fund.