News and Events
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 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.
ReFINE research consortium into shale gas and oil exploitation is launched
7th November 2013, London
ReFINE (Researching Fracking in Europe), a DEI led, independent research consortium focusing on the issue of shale gas and oil exploitation using fracking methods, has its official launch today.
(7 Nov 2013) » More about DEI Led ReFINE Consortium launched
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
A few places still available for CDT in Energy Top-Up Awards
A call for applications to the Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy at Durham. Places are available for students who will be starting their PhD between October and January 2013 on an energy related area, preferably of multidisciplinary nature, and who already have full funding for their PhD. Successful applicants will receive an extra six months fees and stipend to extend their period of study.
Durham in top 20 research centres for impact in Offshore Wind, Energy Storage, and Oil and Gas
The final report of Sir Andrew Witty’s Review into ‘Universities and Growth: Encouraging a British Invention Revolution’ was released last week. Durham was recognised as within the top 20 research centres for the key Industrial Strategy sectors of Offshore wind, Energy Storage and Oil and Gas.
Times Higher Education: Industry's vital fuel for academic engine
Prof Richard Davies' response to to an article by Cary Nelson on fracking research was the lead letter in Times Higher Education (print and online). Read the full letter here.
(12 Oct 2013) » More about Industry's vital fuel for academic engine
Fracking and the North East
The subject of fracking, its promises and dangers, has been in the media again this week and the DEI’s Professor Richard Davies was on hand to discuss the evidence.
(8 Oct 2013) » More about Fracking and the North East
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
(7 Oct 2013) » More about Finding out Islander’s views on renewable energy
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
Britain's nuclear future lies with the French
DEI's Professor Janusz Bialek, Dong Energy Professor of Renewable Energy was quoted this week in a discussion on the future of nuclear energy in Britain in the Journal newspaper.
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
Bursaries announced for MSc in Energy and Society
Two funded studentships are available for the MSc in Energy and Society.
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?
Durham Masters launched in a flash
Durham University’s newest Masters course was launched on the 8th May in a “flash” event on the University’s Science Campus.
The Masters in Energy and Society was developed by the Anthropology Department, following demand from industry, government and NGO partners and has been structured to provide students with the skills to understand, analyse and deliver advanced technical and societal solutions for energy related projects. The course brings together teaching and research across the Science and Social Science spectrum, providing a unique insight into emerging energy challenges across the world.
(22 May 2013) » More about Durham launches new Masters in Energy and Society
Prof. Davies invited to advise government on Unconventional Oil and Gas
The Right Honourable Dan Byles, MP, Chairman of the APPG Unconventional Oil and Gas has this week announced the membership of the newly formed advisory panel for this Group.
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 email@example.com
(12 May 2013)
DEI welcomes Professor Nikos Hatziargyriou
Durham Energy Instiute is delighted to welcome Professor Nikos Hatziargyriou who arrived last week on a 3 month COFUND Policy and Enterprise Fellowship, based in the Institute of Advanced Study.
(26 Apr 2013) » More about New COFUND Fellow visiting DEI
Prof. Davies gives fracking evidence at Royal Irish Academy
DEI's Professor Richard Davies gave evidence this week at the Royal Irish Academy Information Briefing where the risks of fracking in Ireland were found not to have been fully explored.
(19 Apr 2013) » More about Fracking put on hold by Irish Government
DEI and Propsect Fracking event at the Royal Society
On 9April 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 University energy students to test electric car in 600-mile road trip
Two Durham University students are to drive an electric car on a 600-mile round trip to Cardiff and back to demonstrate the possibilities of Smart Grid power and low carbon electricity.
Smart Grids are advanced electricity networks that intelligently integrate the requirements of all connected users - generators, consumers and those that do both – to efficiently deliver sustainable, economic and secure low-carbon electricity.
(19 Oct 2012) » More about Electric Car journey
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.