About the UK Energy Research Centre

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) 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.

UKERC is funded by Research Councils UK Energy Programme.

UKERC reports to a Supervisory Board and is advised by an independent Advisory Board.  A Research Committee manages UKERC's Research Fund and is a sub-Committee of the Advisory Board. Find out more about UKERC Governance.


The Centre was established in 2004, following a recommendation from the 2002 Energy Review initiated by Sir David King, the UK Government's Chief Scientific Advisor... more


UKERC's research objectives are being addressed within five  broad themes, within which a number of co-ordinated, interdisciplinary projects are taking place:

All UKERC publications and articles can be accessed via our online Publications Catalogue.


UKERC participates and leads energy research activities internationally as part of its mission to act as a bridge between the UK energy research community and the wider world. 


UKERC’s Meeting Place, serves the whole of the UK research community and its popular events, designed to tackle interdisciplinary topics and facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration, are regularly oversubscribed.

The National Energy Research Network, NERN is open to all energy researchers and other sectors, including business. It provides regular updates on news, jobs, events, opportunities and developments across the energy field in the form of a popular weekly newsletter.

UKERC’s Research Atlas is the definitive information resource for current and past UK energy research and development activity. 

UKERC is also the research delivery partner in the Technology Strategy Board’s Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) for Energy Generation and Supply, with responsibility for analysis of future and emerging opportunities.

The Energy Data Centre is an outward-facing service for the UK energy research community, directing interested parties to publicly available energy and related data.

Learning & Skills

UKERC’s interdisciplinary research studentships have funded over 30 students at UK universities for interdisciplinary energy research across scientific, engineering and socio-economic boundaries.

Our prestigious and heavily oversubscribed annual International Summer School, has become a highlight of the energy calendar.

UKERC is committed to fostering and nurturing new talent, and hosts Sparks, a networking group set up for, and run by, early-career energy researchers. 

Inputs to Policy

UKERC responds to a select number of consultations and inquiries every year. Our responses are evidence based and unbiased.

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