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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Energy Research at Durham

World-leading research on energy transitions and energy decarbonisation

Research at the Durham Energy Institute focuses on understanding energy transitions and opportunities for energy decarbonisation.

We combine social, policy and technical insights to develop and deliver integrated solutions for global energy challenges.

We are helping the UK and countries around the world to ensure greater energy security, energy sustainability and fair access to energy.

Durham University produces world leading research at every level of the energy landscape


  • fundamental science into cheaper, more efficient energy materials;
  • developing future energy generation technologies such as hydrogen and nuclear fusion;
  • designing energy systems which are more smart, flexible, people-centred and sustainable;
  • understanding the social, economic and political processes which shape the energy world so we can build a brighter future.

Making a difference

Our researchers’ passion for working across boundaries, and the breadth of energy research at Durham, means we can yield major breakthroughs and real impacts in the world.

Future Energy Systems

The latest research and analysis facilities to develop smarter, efficient, low-carbon energy systems.

Next generation technologies and materials

Improving existing renewable generation technologies and designing the breakthrough energy innovations needed to transition to net-zero.

Interdisciplinary Energy research methods

Bringing multiple perspectives together will lead to the biggest breakthroughs on how to design and implement sustainable, secure, accessible, and fair energy systems.

Global energy governance and development

How global cultural, political and economic relationships influence the production, distribution, supply and pricing of energy and shape energy transitions at home and abroad.