UKERC awards £2M for topical energy projects

Posted by pt91 at Oct 10, 2011 11:35 AM |
University of Leicester to lead project on Global Gas Security

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 10 October 2011

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) has committed over £2M to support new research addressing some of the most important energy developments in the UK and overseas.

Six new research projects will cover

· the take-up and design of offers under the Government’s Green Deal initiative promoting energy efficiency in homes

· the impact of UK energy activity on “ecosystem services” provided by natural ecosystems globally and in the UK

· a detailed analysis of global gas security and the prospects for global gas governance.

· scenarios for the development of smart grids

· a risk assessment of UK energy policy

The research teams have leading expertise in ecology, biology, energy policy, psychology, engineering and marketing and come from 12 research institutions across the UK.

UKERC is supporting the projects via its flexible research fund, which was set up to allow researchers within and outside the Centre to apply for additional funding for specific energy research projects. The scheme has attracted a wider range of researchers and disciplines into UKERC’s research programme, incorporating the best science and allowing the programme to develop flexibly in the light of new scientific insights and policy developments. 

The project led by the University of Leicester is:  The Geopolitical Economy of Global Gas Security and Governance: Implications for the UK.

The aim of this project is to develop a clear understanding of the geopolitical drivers, governance challenges and risks shaping current and future global gas security through to the late 2020s and beyond.

Researchers from the Universities of Leicester, Birmingham, Sussex and Manchester will conduct a detailed analysis of global gas security, considering major issues likely to shape future demand and supply, market relations and gas pricing, and the prospects for global gas governance. The project will take into account the Eurasian pipeline system, liquefied natural gas markets and new developments in unconventional gas

Principal investigator, Professor Michael Bradshaw, from the Department of Geography, University of Leicester, said: “This is a timely and important research project. The global gas industry is undergoing significant change just at the time when the UK’s own gas reserves are in decline and import dependence is increasing. The project will shed new light on the organisational structure of key elements of the global industry and will identify the key factors that will influence future gas security.”

Click here to read the national release.

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Notes to editors:

About UKERC
The UK Energy Research Centre carries out world-class research into sustainable future energy systems. It is the hub of UK energy research and the gateway between the UK and the international energy research communities. Our interdisciplinary, whole systems research informs UK policy development and research strategy.

www.ukerc.ac.uk

For further information, please contact Charlotte Knight: Email: charlotte.knight@ukerc.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 9730

At University of Leicester: Ather Mirza, 9116 252 3335, pressoffice@le.ac.uk 

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