Durham Energy Institute (DEI) supports and produces cutting-edge research that tackles the societal aspects of energy technology through a unique interdisciplinary approach.
DEI was born in 2009 out of the realisation that energy challenges cross conventional discipline boundaries and that new ways of thinking about and conducting energy research are required. DEI has now grown into an internationally leading institution, recognised for its ability to apply new methods and perspectives to existing and emerging energy challenges.
The institute draws on the expertise of world-leading researchers across Durham University with a membership spanning departments in science, social science and Humanities. Through a unique “Science and Society” approach DEI researchers address a wide spectrum of energy issues such as bio-fuels, carbon capture and storage, renewables generation (wind, solar, hydro, bio) and integration, shale fracturing, smart grids and networks, low carbon transitions, energy risk, and energy for development. Find out more about out research expertise areas.
DEI addresses energy challenges collaboratively through strong partnerships with industry, international partners, governments, community groups and other academic institutions. This ensures our research is relevant, timely and effective.
By unlocking research synergies between different disciplines and sectors, DEI aims to produce major breakthroughs in our understanding of how to best meet the energy demands of the future.