Energy and nuclear

The key challenges for energy concern the future security of supply and energy mix. Traditionally, there has been a reliance on fossil fuels, which brings about a host of socio-political issues regarding the extraction of fuel sources (in particular oil, but increasingly natural gas).

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Replacing old generation nuclear infrastructure is a major challenge for the energy sector in the long term. There is a £1.6billion spend on the supply chain for decommissioning existing nuclear power stations nearing the end of their life.

These schemes must compete under an extreme environment for 60 years, and the UK therefore must demonstrate its workers are highly skilled and of high quality.

The University of Sheffield’s research on energy and nuclear is world-leading and ground-breaking, with capabilities across excellence in science, engineering and social science – spanning from understanding of the fundamental of origin to supply, generation, capture, storage, distribution, transmission, demand and recovery - of energy and nuclear supply chain systems.

Listed below are centres at the University of Sheffield that undertake energy and nuclear research:

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Research Excellence Framework 2021 results

The results demonstrate our research and impact excellence across a broad range of disciplines and confirm that our research is having a significant positive impact on lives across the globe.