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Ever wanted to be a superhero? Here's how their powers CAN become a reality
Dr Christopher Donaghy-Spargo, DEI outreach Fellow, says the powers of Batman and Superman could be recreated.
(28 Nov 2016) » More about Superhero powers
DEI Fellow Leads IET Journal Special Section
A special section of The Journal of Engineering(JoE) published by the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) is being led by DEI Early Career Fellow, Dr. Christopher Donaghy-Spargo, an Electrical Engineering Research Fellow in the School Engineering & Computing Sciences. Launched in April 2013, The Journal of Engineering is the IET’s first free to view, online-only, gold open access megajournal. Publishing articles covering a broad spectrum of engineering subjects, including interdisciplinary areas. JoE provides authors a home for scientifically sound research.
(18 Nov 2016) » More about IET Journal Special Section
DEI delighted to welcome new energy scholars from Mexico
Durham Energy Institute (DEI) was delighted to be able to welcome the new cohort of international scholars who have recently arrived at Durham University at the annual International Postgraduate Scholars’ Welcome.
(7 Nov 2016) » More about new energy scholars
Solar car to exhibit at UN Climate Change Conference
A car designed and built by Durham University students and powered only by the sun is taking to the global stage.
(4 Nov 2016) » More about Solar Car and COP22
Evolving electronics' could lead to new electrical devices
Durham University Engineering and Computer Sciences (ECS) researchers have taken inspiration from nature to teach materials to form new electrical pathways. They say the finding could eventually lead to new electronic devices. They have managed to train tiny carbon nanotubes, suspended in a liquid crystal solution, to reorganise into new networks in order to solve a simple problem - sorting data into two categories.
(1 Nov 2016) » More about new electrical devices
DEI Director says Hinkley C must be the first of many new nuclear plants
Despite Hinkley Point C’s obvious problems, Britain badly needs the proposed nuclear power station. But Hinkley, which was finally given the go-ahead on September 15 after a six week government review, must be just the start of a major programme of new nuclear plants in the UK. Coal and gas are too dirty – and wind and solar too intermittent – for the country to be able to rely solely on any of these technologies.
Middle Eastern Promise: NOF Energy to hold conference in Middle East for first time
The conference and exhibition, takes place in Abu Dhabi on September 27 and 28, in partnership with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and British Business Group Abu Dhabi. Speakers from the UAE and UK, including DEI Advisory Board Chair Professor Alan Lowdon, will discuss oil and gas, nuclear and renewables market opportunities and in-country experiences, alongside networking opportunities, an exhibition and one-to-one sessions with buyers and UAE companies keen to partner will the UK supply chain.
Summer school students visit Teesside
On July 14th, 5 students from Durham University visited the Wilton International Site, Middlesbrough, Teesside, a large chemical production complex. The visit was organised as part of the Energy Transitions in Contemporary and Emerging Societies summer school, in association with the Durham Energy Institute and Durham University International Office
(24 Aug 2016) » More about Durham's Energy summer school students visit Teesside
Uncertainty in the energy sector will increase after Brexit vote, experts say
The implications of Brexit on the energy sector are uncertain, but the industry is used to 'muddling through' says Peter McCusker in the Chronicle. Professor Simon Hogg, DONG Professor in Renewable Energy and Executive Director at Durham Energy Institute, believes the vote will not impact on the UK green energy transition although he says it may be given less priority than energy security.
Find out more at The Chronicle Live on http://bit.ly/29k1ItO
(7 Jul 2016)
Huge helium discovery ‘a life-saving find’
A new approach to gas exploration has discovered a huge helium gas field, which could address the increasingly critical shortage of this vital yet rare element.
(28 Jun 2016) » More about Helium discovery
Durham researchers part of new £20m EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration
A new centre, involving researchers at Durham University, that will allow experts to test the entire energy system in real time has been announced today.
Bridging a pivotal gap in our drive towards a fully integrated, smart energy network, the centre is crucial to improving energy efficiency, driving down customer bills and reducing carbon emissions.
(11 May 2016) » More about New Centre for Energy Systems Integration
How can we replace fossil fuels? Experts debate the future at Durham event
The Chronicle's Peter McCusker reports on the DEI debate on the future of UK energy supply at the headquarters of the Durham Miners Association.
(11 May 2016) » More about Future of fossil fuels
DUEM @ The London Motor Show on Sky News
Tune into Sky News this afternoon to see Tobias McBride, Head of the Business Team for Durham University Electric Motorsport (DUEM), speak LIVE about the incredible solar car they have deisgned and built which they will be showcasing at the London Motor Show.
(6 May 2016) » More about DUEM @ The London Motor Show on Sky News
DUEM Solar Car visits local High School
A team from DEI and Durham University Electric Motor Car (DUEM) visited Whitworth Park School in Spennymoor with the Durham University Solar Car. Three of the DUEM team (David Sims-Williams, Andrew Messenger and Toby McBride) along with DEI Administrator Lynn Gibson attended the workshop.
(26 Apr 2016) » More about DUEM Solar Car visits local High School
Britain's energy system is on the brink of a revolution
Ian Marchant, a visiting professor at Durham University, says energy system will be revolutionised- but crisis may come first. The global energy system is set to undergo a revolution similar in magnitude to that experienced by the communications and computing industry, says one of the country’s leading experts. Peter McCusker reports in the Chronicle.
Read the full article Britain's energy system is on the brink of a revolution.
Watch the video of Ian Marchant's DEI public lecture: Are we at an energy tipping point?
(18 Apr 2016)
ETI funded project on impact of removing brine from potential undersea carbon dioxide stores
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has launched a new project, which will study the impact of removing brine from undersea stores that could, in future, be used to store captured carbon dioxide. ETI will invest £200,000 in the nine-month “Impact of Brine Production on Aquifer Storage” project, which will be carried out by Heriot-Watt University in partnership with Element Energy, T2 Petroleum Technology and Durham University. Dr Simon Mathias, Earth Sciences, is leading the Durham University part of the work.
(23 Mar 2016) » More about ETI funded CCS project
DEI welcomes new Advisory Board members
DEI was very pleased to welcome the newest members of our Advisory Board at last week's meeting. Andrew Wright (Ofgem) and Hans Möller (NE LEP) bring a wealth of skills and experience that further enhances the distinguished group of experts we have supporting and advising us. Other recent additions to the Advisory Board are Jenny Cooper (Energy Innovation Specialist), Barbara Vest (Energy UK), and Maggie Bosanquet (Durham County Council). The meeting also saw some excellent stewardship from our new Chair Professor Alan Lowdon and very interesting discussion on the future of UK Energy.
(29 Feb 2016) » More about DEI welcomes new Advisory Board members
Durham receives prize for project developing drilling fluid additives
Dr John Hall, Environmental Specialist at Saudi Aramco, received a commendation and prize for the success of the Durham University and Saudi Aramco project “Developing Environmentally Friendly Drilling Fluid Additives”, which has resulted in a number of patents. The project was led by Professors Chris Greenwell and Andy Whiting at Durham.
Monitoring methane leaks from decommissioned oil and gas wells
Decommissioned oil and gas wells can leak methane into the atmosphere but contribute less of the gas to the air than agricultural use of the same land, according to a new study led by Durham University from the ReFINE consortium.
Future of £1.5bn North East carbon capture project is in the balance
Professor Jon Gluyas responding to the annoucement of Governmnet decision to scrap the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Commercialisation Programme says "This is a technology we will need to hit our future emissions targets and the recent decision of the Government is nonsensical." Jon Gluyas, Professor of CCS at Durham University, is quoted in an article in the Journal which looks at the impact this Governmnet turn-around could have on a Teesside scheme which would create thousands of jobs. Read the full article Future of £1.5bn North East carbon capture project is in the balance.
(25 Jan 2016) » More about CCS in Teeside
Climate Changed Cities
To address climate change, Professor Harriet Bulkeley (Geography) believes we need to stop thinking about the problem only as a global one but also think of climate change as a fundamentally urban issue.
(8 Dec 2015) » More about Climate Changed Cities
DONG Energy and Durham University sign agreement to further develop research and engagement collaborations.
Durham University consolidated its relationship with DONG Energy to further joint aims in high-quality research, knowledge exchange and teaching by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today (Thursday November 5). This is one of only two strategic partnerships held by DONG Energy.
(5 Nov 2015) » More about MOU with DONG Energy
Future of energy in focus as the world’s academics gather
The Journal newspaper published a double page article on the DEI’s inaugural Research Symposium held on 30 September 2015.
“ONE of the UK’s leading energy centres held its first symposium last week attracting world-leading academics and speakers to the North East. Peter McCusker reports”
(23 Oct 2015) » More about DEI Research Symposium
An integrated, sustainable fix is key to solving Africa’s energy woes
In the Conversation, Dr Mark Booth, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, Durham University argues that integrated, sustainable solutions are required to achieve sustainable development in Africa. Integrated solutions which build resilient infrastructure while meeting sustainable energy needs and improving health, education, properity and community empowerment. Is this possible and could a Universal Sustainable Habitat model be the solution?
(12 Oct 2015) » More about USHD project
Bending in the Wind: What is the future for Community energy?
In an article in the Northern Correspondent, Dr Simone Abram DEI co-Director, asks what does the future hold for our communities who want to build and manage their own energy projects?
She argues there is a need for clearer leadership on “community energy”. There has been confusing messaging emerging from Government with announcements in-support of community energy and renewables but simultaneous scraping of incentive structures. This has produced an increasingly confusing and difficult context for Community energy with increased uncertainty over the security of investment along with changing rules, and changing technologies.
Read more at The Northern Correspondent http://northerncorrespondent.com/2015/10/02/bending-in-the-wind/
(12 Oct 2015)
The future of energy at the British Science Festival: can innovation save us from climate wars?
A DEI team visited the British Science Festival in Bradford and held an event asking ' Can we secure our energy future?'.
The DEI event was covered in the British Science Association blog post 'The future of energy at the British Science Festival: can innovation save us from climate wars?'
(21 Sep 2015) » More about DEI British Science Festival event
What's the best way to charge millions of electric vehicles at once?
About 350,000 plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) have been sold in the US from 2008—when they first entered the market—to mid-2015. Although EVs still represent a small fraction of the country's 250 million total vehicles, the continual increase in sales suggests that EVs will become even more popular over the next few decades. This raises the question of how millions of EVs may be charged at once on a grid that was not originally intended to supply such large amounts of power.
(18 Sep 2015) » More about Electric vehicle charging
DEI supports Community Energy Fortnight
Durham Energy Institute organised a very successful “Running a Successful Community Energy Project” seminar at Chilton Working Men’s Club on 10th September as part of Community Energy Fortnight.
(14 Sep 2015) » More about DEI supports Community Energy Fortnight
Fusion energy could be the future
Fusion reactors may be a financially viable way to meet world energy needs, according to research led by Durham University.
Fusion energy offers the tantalising possibility of clean, sustainable and almost limitless energy. But can it be an economically viable option?
(1 Sep 2015) » More about Fusion energy
Resources on challenges for modelling electricity systems
The Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET) have launched a web resource containing academic and industry papers on the emerging challenges for modelling electricity systems - and how Britain’s capabilities would need to be adapted to assess electricity system resilience as the UK makes the transition to a low carbon electricity system.
(24 Aug 2015) » More about modelling electricity systems
Fuel Cells Get Cool
Work from Ivana Evans’ group on materials for solid oxide fuel cells has been highlighted in the Institut Laue Langevin’s report “Neutrons and Energy 2015”
(21 Aug 2015) » More about Fuel Cells Get Cool
14th onshore oil and gas licensing round: Expert reaction
The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) – the UK’s oil and gas regulator – today announced that 27 onshore blocks from the 14th Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round will be formally offered to companies. Expert reaction to this announcement , including from DEI's Andy Aplin, was released by the Science Media Centre.
DEI Research Symposium 2015
Durham Energy Institute would like to invite you to take part in its inaugural Research Symposium at the Calman Centre, Durham University, Science Site, Durham on the 30th September 2015.
(12 Aug 2015) » More about DEI Research Symposium 2015
DEI Review Magazine, Issue 6 now available
The new Durham Energy Institute (DEI) magazine issue 6 is now available to read.
Visit the DEI Resources webpage to read the online magazine showcasing Durham University’s research into the societal and technical challenges in Energy.
(20 Jul 2015) » More about DEI Review Magazine, Issue 6 now available
Research project to lay foundations for offshore wind farms
Durham University is contributing to a major research project to determine whether cheaper, more environmentally friendly, and more effective foundations can be developed for the offshore renewables industry.
(14 Jul 2015) » More about Foundations for offshore wind
DEI Briefing on Sustainable Electricity Grid Development: Whose Power?
This DEI briefing is based on new research by Professor Tooraj Jamasb and Wenche Tobiasson into public engagement in the development of transmission networks. The research explores two high profile cases of community opposition to new transmission lines in Scotland (the Beauly-Denny line) and Norway (Hardanger Power Line).
Decision to reject Lancashire fracking plan a sign of public uncertainty, expert says
The decision by Lancashire County Council not to allow test drilling for fracking indicates that there is public uncertainty about onshore exploration and especially shale gas, a Durham University expert says.
Durham Energy Institute appoints seven new fellows
On Friday 22 and Friday 29 May 2015 the DEI held interviews for its non-stipendiary Mid-Career, Early-Career and PhD Fellowships. The recruitment drive was a huge success and we have appointed four Mid-Career Fellows, three Early-Career Fellows and one PhD Fellow.
Brazilian Delegation Visits DEI Smart Grids Lab
On Wednesday 17 June 2015 the DEI hosted a visit from a Brazilian delegation interested in Smart Grid technology. The delegation comprised; Fernando Perrone, Regulation Director at Eletrobras Holding, João Marcelo Cavalcante de Albuquerque, Energy Regulation Specialist at the National Power Regulatory Agency (ANEEL), Juliano Carneiro, Energy Regulation Specialist at ANEEL, Ricardo Ross, Head of Distribution , Technology Department at Eletrobras Research Centre (CEPEL), Cesar Jorge Bandim, Technology Analyst and Researcher at CEPEL and Leisa Souza, Energy Policy Advisor – British Embassy Brasilia.
(29 Jun 2015) » More about Brazilian Delegation Visits DEI Smart Grids Lab
Student Grub project wins npower Future Leaders competition
Two engineering students from the University of Durham who encouraged eating insects as part of an everyday diet, have embarked upon a trip of a lifetime to the Amazon after winning npower’s Future Leaders competition.
(29 Jun 2015) » More about Student Grub Project
Durham students attend International Students Energy Summit in Bali
Durham Energy Institute supported eight undergraduate students to attend the International Student Energy Summit (ISES) in Bali on 10-13 June 2015.
Paris climate deal could be Cameron’s global legacy
Douglas Halliday, Director of Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy, discusses how the G7 pledge to wean their economies off fossil fuels might prove an important indicator of things to come for the new UK government.
Communicating Climate Change in Newcastle
DEI Advoiroy Board member Ignacio Marti (Innovation and Research Director at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult) took part in a climate change panel debate at the Life Centre Newcastle. The event was organised by Masters students from Durham’s Department of Geography and Risk Masters who brought together three leading North East universities to communicate climate change in an unconventional way.
(9 Jun 2015) » More about Communicating Climate Change in Newcastle
Could Tesla's battery storage pack change the way we use energy?
Technology forerunner Elon Musk says the new Tesla Powerwall battery storage pack ‘will change the way the world uses energy’. In an article for the Journal Peter McCusker gauges the views of North East energy storage experts including Dr Chris Dent and experts from the Durham and Newcastle University project - the Customer Led Network Revolution.
(8 Jun 2015)
Energy policy under the new Conservative government
Following the surprise results of last week’s general election Dr Chris Dent, DEI Co-Director for Impact and senior lecturer in engineering, analyses the Conservative manifesto to identify what the new Government’s energy policies are likely to be. He identifies a tension between an emphasis on affordability and security of supply in the manifesto and environmental commitments expressed personally by leading figures of the party. Only time will tell how this tension will play out in actual policy over the next 5 years.
Read the full article on Energy in the Conservative Manifesto.
(14 May 2015)
Prof Jon Gluyas argues Fossil fuel divestment campaign is misdirected
In an article in University World News, Professor Jon Gluyas, argues that the divestment campaign is unlikely to curb emissions "but will instead shift control to national and private companies in parts of the world oblivious at best, and quite likely hostile, to pressure groups such as 350.org."
Read the full article 'Fossil fuel divestment campaign is misdirected'
(12 May 2015)
Teesdale could feel the heat of geothermal energy plans
Dr Charlotte Adams BritGeothermal speaks to the Teesdale Mercury about the potential to heat thousands of homes across the North East by tapping into deep sources of hot water along the Butterknowle Fault.
Most of Britain’s national parks don’t have the “right rocks” for fracking
Most of Britain’s national parks are unsuitable for fracking due to their geology, according to a new briefing from Durham Energy Institute.
Gavin Bridge 'viewpoint' article in Energy World magazine
In the latest issue of Energy World, the UK Energy Institute magazine, Prof Gavin Bridge discusses the globalising international gas market and its implications for consumers in the UK.
Read the full article at Energy World April 2015
(27 Apr 2015)
Ikon Science wins 2015 Queen’s Award for Enterprise for second year
For the second year in a row, Ikon Science has been named as a winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. In 2014, Ikon GeoPressure had won the Queen’s Award in the International Trade Growth category. Now the whole company receives this distinguished acknowledgement for its achievements.
(27 Apr 2015) » More about Queen’s Award for Enterprise
DEI comments on Sussex oil find
Following yesterday's announcement that there could be 100 Billion barrels of oil beneath the Sussex Weald, DEI experts were in high demand by media across the world.
Dr. Liam Herringshaw was interviewed on the 5live drive programme where he commented "The area is “undoubtedly oil-rich,” But trying to extract oil from it directly is technically rather different.”
The interview then went on to discuss whether fracking was an option for extraction.
MSc scholarships available funded by DONG Energy UK
DONG Energy are offering a number of scholarships for outstanding UK students who will be starting DEI masters courses in September 2015. Each scholarship will have a value of up to £6,000.
(26 Mar 2015) » More about MSc scholarships
Response to planned sale of former cement works site containing geothermal boreholes
Researchers looking at the future potential of geothermal energy today said they hoped that any new owners of a key County Durham site would continue to explore its research and development potential.
Whatever happened to the great European fracking boom?
Dr Liam Herringshaw in The Conversation explores why the European shale gas boom has not materialised in the way that some were predicting.
(11 Mar 2015) » More about European fracking boom?
CCS technology ripe for debate among UK geologists
Prof Jon Gluyas (CeREES) opened a Question Time style debate at Edinburgh University, with an overview of CCS progress and an analysis of its strengths and weaknesses as a climate change technology.
(3 Feb 2015) » More about CCS debate
MPs call for a suspension on fracking in the UK – CeREES / DEI response
Today the Environmental Audit Committee will call for a moratorium on shale gas fracking and an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill. They cite climate targets as well as ‘huge uncertainties around the impact that fracking could have on water supplies, air quality and public health’.
(26 Jan 2015) » More about Fracking suspension call
Beyond the pipelines
Professor Gavin Bridge, Department of Geography, argues that the globalisation of the gas industry through the increased use of liquified natural gas (LNG) is not without risk. The capacity to import more gas makes the UK more resilient. Yet it also introduces new uncertainties and vulnerabilities.
(20 Jan 2015) » More about Beyond the pipelines
New consortium meets in Delhi to discuss future of energy security
The High Energy and Power Density Solutions to Large Energy Deficits (HEAPD) research consortium, for which Durham is a partner, recently met in Delhi to kick-start their project, which looks to address the global issue of energy security.
(20 Jan 2015) » More about HEAPD launch meeting
Simon Hogg comments on Telegraph article ‘Wind farms paid £1m a week to switch off’
Simon Hogg responds to the Sunday Telegraph article on government
payments to wind companies to keep turbines switched off which aim to regulate electricity supplied to National Grid.
(6 Jan 2015) » More about Wind farm constraint payments
Shaping the future of aviation
More than 1,000 aircraft carrying passengers all over the world have more efficient engines, saving fuel and causing less pollution, as a result of turbine technology developed at Durham University.
(19 Dec 2014) » More about shaping the future of aviation
Clearer picture needed if UK intends to develop its shale gas resource
A clearer picture of the UK’s geology is needed if it is to develop its shale gas resource, a Durham University expert has said.
Professor Andy Aplin, Professor of Unconventional Petroleum in the Department of Earth Sciences, was commenting after Chancellor George Osborne announced during his Autumn Statement that the Government was taking steps “to ensure that the UK leads the way with shale gas regulation”.
(4 Dec 2014) » More about UK Shale Gas
Workshop on grid infrastructure and public acceptance in London
Participants from across Europe met to discuss the challenges of gaining public consent for grid infrastructure. The workshop marks the end of the SusGrid project - a collaboration between the Norwegian research center CEDREN, University of
Exeter and Durham University's Professor Tooraj Jamasb and Wenche Tobiasson.
(1 Dec 2014) » More about Grid infrastructure and public acceptance
DEI Director appointed as new DONG Energy Chair of Renewable Energy
Professor Simon Hogg of Durham Energy Institute has been appointed as the new DONG Energy Chair of Renewable Energy at Durham University.
(20 Nov 2014) » More about DONG Energy Chair
Gas can be a bridge to a low carbon future, new research says
Gas could play an important role as a ‘bridging fuel’ to a low carbon economy, according to new UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) research co-authored by DEIs Professor Gavin Bridge.
(12 Nov 2014) » More about Gas as bridge to a low carbon future
Andy Aplin quoted on air pollution found around oil and gas wells in the US in Telegraph and Independent.
On Thursday 30 October the journal Environmental Health reported that dangerously high levels of cancer-causing chemicals have been discovered in the air around “fracking” sites in the United States. The study was led by David Carpenter from the University at Albany in New York. Prof Andrew Aplin responded through the Science Media Centre.
(31 Oct 2014) » More about Air pollution in US fracking sites
The Journal article on Durham's Geothermal research
Source: The Journal
As the energy debate hots up, North East experts have outlined how the UK could tap into a clean supply deep beneath the ground. They were speaking at a London conference yesterday on geothermal energy organised by EGS Energy Ltd and a partnership managed at Durham University.
(20 Oct 2014) » More about The Journal article on Durham's Geothermal research
London geothermal energy symposium set to highlight growing momentum in the UK Geothermal Industry
The generation of geothermal heat and power will be the topic of a conference organised jointly by the BritGeothermal Research Partnership managed at Durham University and the Geothermal Energy Company, EGS Energy Ltd.
Durham Energy Institute delighted to become a member of NOF Energy.
Based in the North East, NOF Energy is an umbrella body for organisations working in the oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewables sectors. Its membership includes; UK and international companies; Clients, Manufacturers, service providers and professional service companies and like-minded membership organisations in the energy sector based overseas.
New video of Elect Your Energy Future political debate
Durham CDT and Energy Institute hosted a political debate on energy policy in August. If you missed the event you can now read the review, watch the video, and listen to the BBC radio interviews of the event on www.dur.ac.uk/dei/events/past.events/electenergy/.
You can watch videos about DEI expertise, our debates, lectures and projects on our Video Resource webpage.
(26 Sep 2014)
How can successful power development be achieved in Ghana?
Read the excellent blog written last week by Simon Bawakyillenuo as part of the DEI associated project Green Growth Diagnostics for Africa. The article on Globalisation and Development blog explores whether Ghana’s $498 Power Compact deal with the US will be enough to bring about much needed transformation to its energy sector.
(29 Aug 2014) » More about Power development in Ghana
Customers will change routines in return for lower electricity bills
The Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR), has published its findings from one of the largest qualitative studies of consumer energy electricity use recorded. A new video has also been released about engaging customers in the smart grid.
(4 Jul 2014) » More about Latest CLNR Social findings
Energy storage and its place in the low carbon future
A new video which documents the ambitious 24-month undertaking by Northern Powergrid to specify, procure, install and commission six energy storage devices across live electricity networks in the North of England is available to watch on YouTube.
(4 Jul 2014) » More about New CLNR video
Heather could be UK energy source
Harvesting energy from heather could cut greenhouse gas emissions and
help the UK meet its bioenergy targets, according to new research by experts at
Durham and Manchester Universities
Heather grows naturally throughout the UK’s uplands, but land managers often
burn it back to create better feeding grounds for grouse and livestock. The study, published in the journal ‘Biomass and Bioenergy’, says this releases energy equivalent to burning 36,000 tonnes of coal every year.
(3 Jul 2014) » More about Heather could be UK energy source
Midland Valley shale resource will not affect UK’s dependency on overseas oil and gas
The amounts of oil and gas that might be extracted from shales in the Midland Valley of Scotland are unlikely to make a significant difference to the UK’s dependency on overseas supplies, according to a Durham University scientist.
Research finds fracking would increase water radioactivity but would not pose a threat to public health
ReFINE (Researching Fracking in Europe), an independent research consortium focusing on the issue of shale gas and oil exploitation using fracking methods, has published a research paper on naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) in flowback water (1) (2).
(25 Jun 2014) » More about Water radioactivity from fracking
Energy Minister visits Durham University project to combat climate change
Energy Minister Michael Fallon has visited an innovative Durham Energy Institute project aimed at cutting the cost of fighting climate change and radically reducing carbon emissions. The Durham and Sheffield universities-led Muon Tomography project, based at Boulby Underground Laboratory, at Boulby Mine on Teesside, is developing devices which use subatomic particles known as muons to monitor the stored CO2.
Oil and gas training centre welcomes £1m industry investment
Six of the oil industry’s biggest names have confirmed additional funding support for the new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas in which Durham University is a core partner.
Bio energy poster Success: From Warwick to Brazil!
At the recent Dalton 2014 Royal Society meeting, Chemistry PhD student, Jack Rowbotham won awards for his bio-energy poster and will be representing the UK in a meeting Brazil in August.
(30 Apr 2014) » More about Bio energy poster Success: From Warwick to Brazil!
Benj Sykes, DEI Advisory Board member, announced as new co-chair of OWIC
DONG Energy Wind Power’s Country manager, Benj Sykes, was today announced as the new co-chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) by Business and Energy Minister, the Rt. Hon Michael Fallon MP, who also co-chairs the group. Benj is a member of the DEI Advisory Board and DEI development Board and was recently a panellist in the DEI-DONG Energy debate 'Will the lights really got out?'.
(22 Apr 2014) » More about OWIC
Social stats give insight into customer flexibility
Professor Harriet Bulkeley discusses how the data emerging from the CLNR smart grid project is providing insights into customer flexibility.
Durham University and National Energy Action have conducted more than 1,250 residential and 150 SME online customer surveys and around 250 indepth, in-home interviews, to produce one of the largest studies of consumer energy practices ever recorded.
The surveys have highlighted that for many people, knowing more about their energy use through smart meters is a key tool in managing their household budget and having a greater sense of control.
(22 Apr 2014) » More about Social stats give insight into customer flexibility
DEI experts respond to IPCC Mitigation of Climate Change report
DEI welcomes the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change published on 13 April. The Working Group 3 report – the third and final volume in the current IPCC Fifth Assessment Report – assesses the options for mitigating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
(15 Apr 2014) » More about IPCC mitigation report
Talking to Parliament about Hydraulic Fracturing
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(8 Apr 2014)
Research shows that well leakage is an issue for shale exploitation
ReFINE (Researching Fracking in Europe), an independent research consortium focusing on the issue of shale gas and oil exploitation using fracking methods, has today published a research paper on well barrier and integrity failure.
(25 Mar 2014) » More about Shale exploitation well leakage
Durham's Geothermal research goes to DECC
Dr Charlotte Adams (Earth Sciences and CeREES) met with DECC on 27th March to discuss the BritGeothermal Research Partnership and also to discuss the potential of the UK deep geothermal resource. During the meeting they were asked what they would do if they were DECC with respect to geothermal. They highlighted the importance of promoting heat only systems, funding more deep drilling and making deep well data more freely available and accessible.
(18 Mar 2014) » More about Geothermal research
The BP Bursary call has now closed and the available funds have been allocated in full. DEI hope to be able to run a similar scheme in future, should funding be available.
(10 Mar 2014)
Professor Simon Hogg appointed new Executive Director for DEI
Durham Energy Institute is pleased to announce that Professor Simon Hogg has been appointed DEI Executive Director. Simon has extensive experience of leading interdisciplinary research in both industry and university environments. He is joined by a newly strengthened executive team which represents a number of different disciplines from the sciences and social sciences at Durham University.
(7 Mar 2014) » More about Prof Hogg New DEI Director
Prof Andy Aplin warns extracting shale gas in North West will mean massive increase in wells
Andy Aplin, Professor of Unconventional Petroleum in the Department of Earth Sciences at CeREES and DEI, spoke to the Shale UK conference on 4 to 5 March. A number of news outlets reported on his comments in response to the recent increase in Cuadrilla estimates of shale gas resources in the North West.
(6 Mar 2014) » More about Shale Gas in North West
Benj Sykes (DONG Energy UK) – how offshore wind will help the UK keep the lights on
On Thursday evening, Benj Sykes from DONG Energy’s UK Country Manager for Wind Power, will be part of a panel debate at Durham Energy Institute discussing whether the UK can keep the lights on. Here he explains part of his opening arguments around offshore wind, one of DONG Energy’s key business areas and how the technology will contribute to UK energy security in the future.
(4 Mar 2014) » More about Offshore wind keeping the lights on
Extra three to eight billion barrels of oil could be extracted from the North Sea oilfields, Durham University expert says
Professor Jon Gluyas, head of the department of Earth sciences, speaks to the Northern Echo about the billions of barrels of oil that could be extracted from the North Sea if significant investment was made.
(3 Mar 2014) » More about Extra oil could be extracted
Will the lights really go out – a public debate on one of the UK’s big challenges
On Thursday 6 March, a panel of experts will meet at Durham University to debate whether the UK is facing widespread blackouts in the next decade.
The event, a collaboration between Durham’s Energy Institute (DEI) and DONG Energy will be open to the public who will be able to ask questions and debate the issues with the panel.
Launch of new project – Green Growth Diagnostics for Africa
A new EPSRC funded project Green Growth Diagnostics for Africa which looks at how to achieve inclusive green growth in Africa was launched last week. The kick-off meeting for the project saw partners Durham University, Institute of Development Studies, ISSER, KIPPRA, and The Policy Practice gather to discuss the methodological challenges of the project.
Here Ana Pueyo, Principal Investigator for the project, discusses renewable energy investments in Sub-Saharan Africa and how the project will support policymakers to achieve inclusive green growth.
(27 Feb 2014) » More about Green Growth Diagnostics
Prof Jon Gluyas Response to DECC blog 'CCS – a great opportunity for the UK'
Professor Jon Gluyas of Durham Energy Institute's Policy Futures Group responded to the DECC blog in which Edward Davey highlighted the great opportunity presented by CCS for the UK.
(25 Feb 2014) » More about CCS opportunity
CLNR Smart Grid project in utility Weekly
A feature article by Ian Lloyd, CLNR’s Network Technology Project Manager, appears in this week’s Utility Week magazine. Ian gives an update on the progress of our electrical energy storage (EES) trials and explains how the work being done will enable distributors to better understand how, when and where EES can bring value to customers.
You can read the article on the Utility Week website here
(10 Feb 2014)
Ian Marchant speaks at Durham Energy Institute
Durham Alumni, Ian Marchant, spoke on Thursday 6 February at the Durham Energy Institute on his vision of a UK Energy Future. His talk addressed some of the key energy problems we are currently facing including high domestic energy bills, a growing lack of trust in the energy industry and the decision on what mix of energy sources we should be investing in for the future. His talk provoked many questions and interesting discussion from the mixed audience of students, academics, and representatives from the energy industry and third sector.
A video of the event will be available shortly.
(10 Feb 2014) » More about Ian Marchant talk
Customer Led Network Revolution appears in Financial Times
An article on the CLNR project appeared on the Financial Times website, in a feature entitled ‘Innovation in Energy’. You can read the article ‘UK’s CLNR tests low-carbon power grids’ (By Chris Tighe) at the Financial Times.
(3 Feb 2014) » More about CLNR in Financial Times
Prof Bob Holdsworth appointed to NERC Knowledge Exchange Advisory Board
Prof Bob Holdsworth from the Department of Earth Sciences has been appointed as a Member of the NERC Knowledge Exchange Advisory Board. The appointment emerges from Prof Holdsworth’s work with NERC in a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship on behalf of the DEI and IHRR.
(30 Jan 2014) » More about NERC Knowledge Exchange
Energy research partnership launched between Durham University and the London Borough of Haringey
Durham University and the London Borough of Haringey have today launched a pioneering research partnership that will see them working together to drive economic growth and tackle climate change.
(23 Jan 2014) » More about Haringey partnership
Is fracking safe? Examining the impact of fracking in the UK
The work of Durham Energy Institute’s ReFINE consortium was on Channel 4 News and in Newcastle Journal last week. With Prime Minster David Cameron signalling the Government's intent to go all out for shale gas, an examination is underway of whether there is evidence to support the safety concerns of its opponents and what the possible financial benefits of fracking might be.
(21 Jan 2014) » More about Is fracking safe?
Durham University awarded funding from NERC for specialist research equipment
The NERC funding will enable CeREES and ReFINE to purchase specialist equipment to identify and quantify greenhouse gas emissions at fracking sites and to undertake research sustainable use of natural resources.
(16 Jan 2014) » More about NERC funding for equipment
New Oil and Gas training centre supports growth with responsible environmental management in energy sector
Durham University is a core partner in a new £8m training centre aimed at helping the oil and gas sector put environmental science at the heart of responsible management of the planet. The new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), funded by NERC and led by Heriot-Watt University, will focus on creating a highly skilled workforce with expertise that can be used across the wider energy and environmental sectors, as well as filling skills gaps in the oil and gas sector. Prof Aplin of CeREES and DEI is Durham’s academic lead for the CDT.
(2 Dec 2013) » More about Oil and Gas CDT
Dr Kalyan S. Perumalla announced as IAS visiting fellow
Durham's Institute for Advance Studies has announced next year's visiting fellows.
Dr Perumalla is a world leading expert on distributed simulation of very large scale complex systems to study emergent properties. He was the winner of a prestigious US Dept. of Energy Career Award and is at the forefront of technological developments in novel technologies to analyse emergent behaviours at a very large scale using cutting edge computational infrastructures.
Funding call for DEI Impact Acceleration Account
The DEI has been granted a fund of £60,000 through the Building Bridges Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Scheme to enhance the impact of its interdisciplinary research. An initial call for applications for this funding closes on 29 November.
(24 Oct 2013) » More about Funding call for DEI Impact Acceleration Account
How many wells do you want to drill? Davies gives evidence to Select Committee on Shale Gas Extraction in Wales
The DEI's Professor Richard Davies emphasised that “You have to ask how many wells you are willing to drill. You need a lot of wells to produce an equivalent amount of gas that you would have got from North Sea"
(23 Oct 2013) » More about Shale Gas in Wales
Advanced Apprentice position at DEI
Closing date: 15-10-2013
The Advanced Apprentice will join DEI and CeREES Centre for Geoenergy and will work with the existing administrative team in a Grade 1 post.
(7 Oct 2013) » More about Advanced Apprentice position at DEI
Cost holds back carbon capture storage projects
Prof Jon Gluyas, Dong/Ikon chair in Geoenergy Carbon Capture & Storage at Durham University discusses Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) with The Journal.
(7 Oct 2013) » More about Cost holds back carbon capture storage projects
DEI PhD, Mid and Early Career Fellows (Non-Stipendiary) open to Durham Staff and PhD students
Closing date for applications: 14-10-2013 at 16:00 (GMT)
DEI is looking to appoint 2-4 non-stipendiary Fellows to follow the appointment of its new directors. Applicants from all disciplines across the sciences, social sciences and humanities are welcomed.
(7 Oct 2013) » More about DEI Fellows
Finding out Islander’s views on renewable energy
An island-wide survey is currently under way in the Isle of Man exploring the attitudes and perceptions of residents towards different types of renewable energy projects. Dr Felicity Greenwell, one of the researchers, explains a little bit about the project
Carbon capture and storage to be monitored by cosmic rays
BBC News discusses the promising potential of a technology being developed at Durham University to use cosmic rays to monitor CO2 storage sites.
(16 Sep 2013) » More about Muon Tomography
Dr Wilf Wilde in National Geographic
Dr Wilf Wilde, Director of DEI, interviewed by National Geographic discussed the likelihood of blackouts in the UK and the potential implications of this. He stated "consumers are more at risk from higher prices than blackouts,"
(5 Sep 2013)
DEI PhD Student awarded RSC Westminster Fellowship
Jack Rowbotham (PhD student, Chemistry) has been awarded the RSC Westminster Fellowship. This award enables the student to work for three months in the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) with the responsibility of keeping members of both houses of parliament informed on matters of current scientific importance.
(4 Sep 2013) » More about RSC Westminster Fellowship
Prof Jon Gluyas discusses the opportunities presented by Enhanced Oil Recovery
DEI's Jon Gluyas, Professor of Geo Energy, explained to BBC Radio the opportunity presented by Enhanced Oil Recovery technologies being developed at Durham University which could add billions of barrels of oil to the nations dwindling resources.
Can solar energy help save Greece?
Renewable energy programs in Greece may be more relevant than ever since the financial crisis say DEI's Sandra Bell and Daniel Knight.
(16 Aug 2013) » More about Greek solar energy
Professor Janusz Bialek speaks on energy demand
Professor Janusz Bialek appeared on Saturday's lunchtime Sky news answering questions on offshore and onshore wind, skills shortages, UK and global energy demand and fracking.
Professor Bialek summarised our current energy challenges by stating "energy demand is good, it is the wasteful use of energy that is bad, we need to work on efficiency and cut down on energy wastage"
(7 Aug 2013)
Trigger behind Lusi mud volcano 'far simpler' expert says
Professor Richard Davies, Durham Energy Institute, comments on new research relating to the Lusi Mud Volcano in Indonesia
The trigger behind the Lusi mud volcano eruption in Indonesia “is far simpler” than an “elaborate earthquake trigger mechanism”, according to a Durham University scientist.
Professor Richard Davies, Durham Energy Institute, was commenting on research published in Nature Geoscience.
Janusz Bialek appointed as DONG Energy Chair of Renewable Energy
Professor Janusz Bialek of Durham Energy Institute has been appointed as the new DONG Energy Chair of Renewable Energy at Durham University. His research focuses on achieving a stable, secure, sustainable and economic supply of electricity while meeting the challenges of reducing CO2 emissions. The post is part of the growing collaboration between DONG Energy and Durham University in renewable energy research.
(16 Jul 2013) » More about DONG Energy Chair
Issue 2 of DEI Review magazine - out now!
Issue 2 of the DEI Review magazine is now available to view on-line. In this issue we have looked at New faces at the DEI; New MSc Energy and Society; Urban Climate Justice; Microgrids in Greece; Low Carbon Energy for Development; Local Action in Durham; Customer-Led Network Revolution; Universal Sustainable Habitat Development and Biofuels, Seaweed and Waste.
(8 Jul 2013) » More about Issue 2 of DEI Review magazine - out now!
BBC Radio 4 Today Programme interviews Professor Richard Davies
On the eve of the Government releasing information on how it wants communities to be rewarded if they are affected by fracking, and the publication of the Governments estimate of UK shale gas resources, the Today Programme interviewed the DEI’s Prof. Richard Davies. In response to optimistic claims by companies in the UK to the amount of available shale gas he urges caution, highlighting the difference between existing shale gas and the actual amount that can be effectively extracted.
(26 Jun 2013) » More about BBC Today interviews Prof Davies
CLNR regional stakeholder forum a resounding success
The Customer Led Network Revolution held a successful forum last month which brough together the project collaborators, including the Durham Energy Institute, and other stakeholders from the region, The event provided an overview of the project, insights into the methods and processes used, as well as the initial findings emerging from the project. A video of the event is now available.
(24 Jun 2013) » More about CLNR regional stakeholder forum a resounding success
DEI’s Christopher Davidson interviewed for Voice of America TV on the impact of the US ‘shale’ revolution on future relations with Saudi Arabia
Christopher Davidson, Reader in Middle East Politics at Durham University was interviewed by Voice of America TV for article 'US Oil Surge Could Impact Mideast Geopolitics’.
(17 Jun 2013) » More about US shale and Saudi Arabia
CLNR: The Journal and Energy Spectrum showcase DEI’s pioneering project which hopes to cut energy costs and carbon footprints.
Two new articles showcase the pioneering work being undertaken by Durham University and its partners in the Customer-Led Network Revolution and explore some of the early findings from the project.
(11 Jun 2013) » More about CLNR: Journal and Energy Spectrum
Smart meter roll-out: Professor Harriet Bulkeley gives expert evidence to the House of Commons Energy & Climate Change Committee
Professor Harriet Bulkeley gave evidence at the Energy and Climate Change Committee inquiry into Smart Meter Roll-out on Tuesday 14 May 2013 at the Palace of Westminster. Smart meters are due to be rolled out to homes and businesses across the UK between 2014 and 2019. The Committee’s inquiry explores DECC’s preparations for smart meter roll-out and some of the concerns that have been raised. The evidence provided to the Committee included some of the preliminary findings of the CLNR project.
(11 Jun 2013) » More about Smart meter roll-out inquiry
Long term monitoring of UK Shale Gas wells essential
In an interview on BBC News about UK Shale Gas reserves, Professor Davies stressed the importance of long term monitoring of the large amount of wells that are likely to be required in the UK.
(4 Jun 2013) » More about Shale Gas monitoring
CLNR regional stakeholder forum
The Customer Led Network Revolution held its regional stakeholder forum at the Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne on 21st May. The DEI is a key collaborator in the project which is the UK’s biggest smart grid project.
(3 Jun 2013) » More about CLNR regional stakeholder forum
Will the lights go out on UK households? Professor Bialek speaks to the Newcastle Journal
Professor Janusz Bialek, Chair of Electrical Power and Control at Durham University and a world-leading expert in energy infrastructure, spoke to the Newscatle Journal about whether UK households and businesses are really facing electricity blackouts in just a few years.
(25 May 2013) » More about UK lights out?
New bursaries available to New Energy and Society Masters students.
Durham University Department of Anthropology has announced that they are offering 10 postgraduate bursaries for Durham undergraduates wishing to take any of Anthropology Masters courses, including the new MSc Energy and Society. These bursaries will reduce fees by 10% and will be distributed on a first come first served basis.
If you are interested in applying for the a bursary contact firstname.lastname@example.org
(12 May 2013)
DEI and Propsect Fracking event at the Royal Society
On 9 April 2013 DEI and Prospect Magazine co-hosted a public event at the Royal Society on “Fracking: science and scepticism. Perspectives from the US and the UK".
(10 Apr 2013) » More about DEI and Propsect Fracking event at the Royal Society
New fracking research led by Durham University finds it is “not significant” in causing earthquakes
A new study of hundreds of thousands of hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) operations has found that the process has only caused earth tremors that could be felt on the surface in three cases. Hydraulic fracturing is the method by which sedimentary rock is deliberately cracked to recover oil and gas, including shale gas.
Three major new projects have successfully secured funding through DEI funded trip to Nairobi…
Three major new grants have been awarded to Durham Energy Institute researchers through the EPSRC Energy and International Development call.
The three projects are: Green Growth Diagnostics for Africa; Supporting Sub-Saharan Africa's Municipalities with Sustainable Energy Transitions (SAMSET); and ESCoBox
(26 Mar 2013) » More about Three new projects secure EPSRC funding
Latest video update on the CLNR project
The lastest video update on the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) project has been uploaded to Youtube. CLNR is the UK's largest smartgrid project, involving 14,000 homes and businesses and with a budget of £54 million.
(15 Feb 2013) » More about CLNR youtube video update
DEI and Durham University Anthropology Department are launching a new Masters called 'Energy and Society'
Unique among Masters programmes, the new MSc in Energy and Society emphasizes the insights that the social sciences can offer to energy and development, and vice versa. It will be led by the Anthropology Department, in association with the Durham Energy Institute and its partner departments (including Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities).
(6 Feb 2013) » More about MSc Energy and Society
DEI and Prospect roundtable event on The Future of the UK Energy Mix
Prof Richard Davies of the DEI will be co-hosting a breakfast roundtable attended by the Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the 11th February. The focus of the breakfast event will be ‘The Future of the UK Energy Mix’,and will seek to engender debate between energy companies, academic experts and of course DECC regarding all the relevant energy platforms including oil & gas, solar power, wind, tidal and nuclear.
(6 Feb 2013) » More about Future of UK Energy
Volunteers Wanted for Electric Vehicle Project at the DEI
Researchers from the Durham Energy Institute (DEI) are looking for people who own or regularly use electric cars to be interviewed as part of a project looking into the prospect of homes producing their own power for household electric cars.
An article in the Journal by Tony Henderson (January 15) looks at the DEI project which will investigate the technical issues surrounding where and when people choose to charge their electric vehicles, and which micro-generation systems fit best with the demand from electric cars. The project involves a collaboration between Durham’s departments of engineering and computing sciences and anthropology.
(15 Jan 2013) » More about Electric Vehicle volunteers needed
New Statesman: ‘Will the UK’s largest smart grid project revolutionise energy policy?’
The New Statesman has published an article reviewing the 'pioneering smart grid project' the Customer Led Network Revolution, one of Durham Energy Institutes leading projects.
(3 Dec 2012) » More about New Statesman CLNR article
DECC announces £647,441 funding to Durham-led consortium on ‘Carbon Storage Monitoring using Muon technology’
A Durham-led research consortium has won government and industry funding of over £1.4m to develop a novel and more cost effective technique for the continuous monitoring of future carbon capture and storage (CCS) sites for carbon dioxide (CO2) by using cosmic rays.
(27 Nov 2012) » More about Carbon storage Muon
Shale Gas: the debate continues. The DEI gives evidence to the Parliamentary Select Committee
Professor Richard Davies, Director of the Durham Energy Institute, gave evidence today at a The Parliamentary Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change in Westminster. This was the first evidence session held by the Committee on the ‘Impact of Shale Gas on Energy Markets’.
(27 Nov 2012) » More about Select Comm Shale Gas
Podcast of Sustainable Energy TalkScience Debate at British Library
Professor Phil Taylor joined a panel of experts for a dynamic discussion around the energy mix of the future at the TalkScience@BL debate on the 23 October. Podcast of the TalkScience debate is now available to download on the British library website.
The debate, entitled "Sustainable energy for the 21st century: Can we ensure a bright future?", addressed issues such as:
- why our current energy supply situation is unsustainable;
- the role of behavioural change;
- the capability of technology to provide a sustainable energy future, and
- whether it will be possible to achieve the Government's energy targets without resorting to fossil fuels or nuclear power.
(6 Nov 2012) » More about Energy TalkScience debate
Durham Energy Institute funds 10 new interdisciplinary Energy projects
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.
(5 Nov 2012) » More about DEI funds 10 new projects
Durham Energy Institute wins sponsorship for renewable energy research
A leading offshore windfarm developer is to sponsor renewable energy research at Durham University. DONG Energy is to sponsor a renewable energy chair at the university's Durham Energy Institute (DEI) for the next eight years.