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Welcome to the GeoEnergy Research Centre (GERC)

Logging a borehole at the GeoEnergy Test Bed

The GeoEnergy Research Centre (GERC) is a £14 million pioneering joint venture co-established by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the University of Nottingham (UoN). The centre has strong international partnerships with Virginia Tech (US) and the China University of Mining and Technology. GERC was founded in 2015.

Our goal is to address the global energy trilemma of affordability, security and sustainability of energy supply. GERC will do this by focusing our combined capabilities to enable the sustainable and cost-effective use of geoenergy resources.

We will undertake joint research into subsurface energy processes for a range of geoenergy sectors, specifically; areas of fluid-rock interactions, sensor development and demonstration of monitoring technologies.

Our current portfolio includes research into:

  • Understanding and monitoring fluid-rock processes in the shallow subsurface for CO2 storage
  • Collaboration with international partners tracking the potential for CO2-based enhanced coal bed methane and coal properties
  • Sensor development

We will explore opportunities to apply our expertise in:

  • Underground coal gasification
  • Enhanced oil recovery/ Heavy oil recovery
  • Groundwater security
  • Geothermal
  • Gas hydrates
  • Underground gas storage
  • Radioactive waste storage
  • Shale gas


Latest news

Latest news from GERC

£3.2m funding for high performance computing centre

The Midlands Innovation group of universities and Queen Mary University of London have been awarded £3.2million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to establish HPC Midlands Plus – a centre of excellence in high performance computing (HPC).

Midlands Innovation Launch

A major new fund designed to drive cutting-edge research, innovation and skills across the Midlands Engine, has been officially launched (26 April 2016). The Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) will receive £60 million of public money to unlock £120 million of private sector co-investment, helping to grow the region's high-tech, high-skilled economy.
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Staff Vacancies

There are no vacancies available at the moment. Please keep checking back.



PhD Vacancies 

  1. Thermodynamics study of underground hydrogen storage to ensure safe deployment
  2. Nano-porous gas diffusion kinetics in shale and coal
  3. Modelling gas uptake in shale and coal
  4. Using machine learning and molecular simulation to understand the liquid-gas phase behaviour in nano-pores
  5. Multiscale Finite Elements for Reactive Transport in Natural Porous Media: The Impacts of Dissolution, Precipitation, and Clogging at the Pore Scale
  6. Multiscale Methods for Hysteresis Effects in Geomechanics
  7. Efficient Techniques for Heterogeneous Non-Local Flow Models
  8. Microwave Assisted Catalytic Upgrading of Heavy Oil
  9. Fluid permeation through rock spaces
  10. Ensuring sustainability of drinking water resources by optimising energy efficiency for desalination techniques

Find out more information about our PhD's here



GERC Associations

GERC is a member of the following organisations by way of our founder organisations; BGS & UoN:

  • Midlands Innovation
  • UK CCS Research Centre
  • Carbon Capture and Storage Association





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