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New Interim Director for the Durham Energy Institute

We welcome Simone Abram, Professor in the Department of Anthropology, as the Interim Director of the Durham Energy Institute. She took up this post on 1st September 2023. She became a Co-director of DEI in 2015 and active member of the Executive Team.
Simone Abram

Durham leads new £21.3m research hub to decarbonise UK maritime sector

We’ve been chosen to lead a new £21.3m national research partnership focussed on decarbonising the UK maritime sector.
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Professor Jon Gluyas elected President-designate of The Geological Society

Congratulations to Professor Jon Gluyas who has been elected as President-designate of the world’s oldest geological society.
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Award success for research paper: The principles of helium exploitation

This award-winning research paper was co-authored by Jon Gluyas, Director of the Durham Energy Institute. It was published online in February 2022 by Earthdoc, the online Geoscience database and in 2023 it received the Norman Falcon Award for Best Paper in Petroleum Geoscience.
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Re-energising Ukraine - opportunities and possibilities

Professor Jon Gluyas, from the Durham Energy Institute, spoke at the Invest4Ukraine Forum, which took place in London this June. The Invest4Ukraine Forum highlights the opportunities available to invest in Ukrainian entrepreneurs and funds. Here Jon shares his analysis of the opportunities and possibilities for re-energizing Ukraine’s energy system.
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Funded PhD Scholarships with the Aura CDT

Recruitment to funded PhD Scholarships with the Aura CDT are now open until the 12th July 2023. Durham University is a partner and Scholarships are available for students to be based in Durham, as well as the other partner institutions. PhDs should focus on Offshore Wind and the Environment.
PhD students at Aura

Durham researchers awarded new funding to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence

Researchers at the Durham Energy Institute have been awarded a £1.84m grant to lead a consortium of university and industry partners in developing virtual power plant technologies. The new funding is part of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) £13 million investment to fund 13 projects to help the UK meet its Net Zero targets.
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Carbon neutral heat beneath our feet ‘could supply large parts of UK’

New research from some of our leading energy experts has shown that the UK sits on underground heat capable of providing sustainable, carbon-neutral heating and cooling for large areas of the nation.
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New Professor in Practice for Durham Energy Institute

Congratulations to Dr Barbara Vest OBE who has been appointed as a Professor in Practice at the Durham Energy Institute, commencing on 1st June 2023 for three years.
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Powering up Britain: Five important takeaways from these plans

Following the publication of the UK Government plans for "Powering-up Britain", we analyse the five strategic measures designed to enhance the UK's energy security, seize the economic opportunities of the transition, and deliver the UK's net zero commitments.
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Pinpointing carbon-free helium gas fields to avert global supply crisis

Our Durham Energy Institute researchers are part of an international team that has identified hidden natural helium gas fields.
Helium gas coloured purple in a test tube when interacting with a plasma ball

Thermal Energy Storage could save the EU over 500Mt CO2 per year

A White Paper launched today identifies that the use of thermal energy storage in industrial processes could reduce carbon emissions across Europe by as much as 513Mt per year.
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