Top priority sectors for the UK include wind, bio-energy and waste, nuclear and construction. These priorities are reflected in County Durham with a particular focus on the development of energy efficiency and green energy.
County Durham has an established base of companies in the energy and environmental sector, ranging from the development of solar photo-voltaics to the research, design and manufacture of high efficiency polymer light-emitting diodes.
There are a number of world class research institutes based at universities in the North East of England with expertise in the energy sector. The prestigious Durham University’s Durham Energy Institute is a leading UK research community focusing on the development of bio-fuels, carbon capture and storage. The Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research at Newcastle University provides national guidance on future energy needs.