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We support the energy industry to translate academic research into real-world solutions for some of the biggest challenges facing the sector and the world. Discover more about how our collaborative research is helping find the answers to complex problems.

Claire Corkhill doing experiment

Reconstructing a nuclear meltdown

Safely decommissioning a nuclear reactor, post-meltdown, is impossible, without understanding the extraordinary environment inside. As Chernobyl and Fukushima wait to be deconstructed, Dr Claire Corkhill and her team are attempting to recreate Chernobyl’s meltdown in Sheffield, in a bid to safely deactivate both power plants.

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Supporting the move to cleaner energy

We're developing affordable and sustainable carbon capture technologies as part of a new £21 million energy research centre. The Translational Energy Research Centre will support the UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy, delivering the cleaner growth at the heart of government’s industrial strategy.

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Energy, a powerful resource

From the cars we drive to the industrial processes that provide us with those cars, everything needs energy. But our growing population and desire to consume means that, at current rates, we're going to run out of resources.

Alistair Buckley solar

The invisibles: tracking solar energy

A few years ago the UK's electricity came almost entirely from a few dozen power stations. Today, solar electricity comes from nearly a million homes, schools, hospitals, supermarkets, factories and fields. How do you track a million invisible energy creators?

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A sweet approach to battery materials manufacturing

Researchers have been developing a novel approach to the production of battery materials, using biotemplating.

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