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Geophysical logging of the third borehole at the GeoEnergy Test Bed

Welcome to the GeoEnergy Research Centre 


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

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
  • Surface and sub-surface sensor development
  • Testing and development of fluid-flow simulation software 
  • Collaboration with international partners tracking the potential for CO2-based enhanced coal bed methane and coal properties

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

Explore our unique facilities and the benefits they can offer to your own research  

GERC is in the unique and privileged position to benefit from laboratory, modelling and field site facilities at the University of Nottingham, the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research (USA) and the British Geological Survey. We are always looking for ways to collaborate with other academic institutions and commercial companies. Please get in contact if you wish to explore with us how our facilities could help with your research.

GERC has been instrumental in the development and drilling of the GeoEnergy Test Bed (GTB), an Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) facility at Nottingham’s Sutton Bonington campus.  The GTB is designed for the testing and development of new and existing borehole sensor technologies and fluid-flow simulation software.



Check out our fully funded PhD Studentships - most available for an immediate start 

  1. Model reduction and homogenisation for filtration and adsorption
  2. Modelling gas uptake in shale and coal
  3. Multiscale Finite Elements for Reactive Transport in Natural Porous Media: The Impacts of Dissolution, Precipitation, and Clogging at the Pore Scale
  4. Multiscale Methods for Hysteresis Effects in Geomechanics
  5. Efficient Techniques for Heterogeneous Non-Local Flow Models
  6. Microwave Assisted Catalytic Upgrading of Heavy Oil
  7. Fluid permeation through rock spaces
  8. Mechanical modelling of the stability of Earth’s peatland carbon reservoirs
  9. Underground Hydrogen Storage

You can find out more information about all of these PhD Studentships, including funding mechanisms, on our PhD Vacancies page 


Latest news

Latest news from GERC

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.

Virginia Tech College of Engineering set for expansion

Still subject to Virginia General Assembly approval, but the Department of Mining and Minerals Education, at the GeoEnergy Research Centres international partner Virginia Tech, could soon see a renovation of it classrooms and an expansion of its research space.
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GERC is a member of the following organisations by way of our founding members; University of Nottingham and British Geological Survey 


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