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Durham University

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Energy and Clean Growth

How can we meet global energy demands while tackling climate change?

Our research is helping to address the world’s energy challenges as we switch from fossil fuels to clean energy sources.

We investigate how the geothermal potential of former coalmines can provide a low carbon, clean, heat source.

We work to make wind turbines more efficient to increase their capacity to generate clean energy.

Our researchers are also developing more efficient, cost-effective materials for solar cells, batteries or machinery.

Alongside this, we examine the impact of new and existing energy sources on society and how more flexible or integrated energy systems could shape our energy future.

Our aim is to work alongside industry, government and communities to best meet future energy and environmental demands.

Shaping the Future of Energy - Interview with Prof. Jon Gluyas, Director Durham Energy Institute

Shaping the Future of Energy - Interview with Prof. Jon Gluyas, Director Durham Energy Institute

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Professor Jon Gluyas, Director of Durham Energy Institute (DEI), discusses global energy challenges and how the DEI is working in partnership with representatives from industry, policy and community sectors to research and progress low-carbon energy options. Interview filmed by The Business Debate.

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Durham’s energy researchers are involved in a number of national and international networks looking at new and existing energy sources, energy supply and the impact of energy technologies on society. Find out more:

Low Carbon Energy for Development Network


Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI)

North East Centre for Energy Materials (NECEM)

Network for Heating and Cooling research

Network for Hydrogen Transportation

Project Aura