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Welcome to the GeoEnergy Research Centre (GERC)


The GeoEnergy Research Centre (GERC) is a 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

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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Staff Vacancies

There are no vacancies open at the moment. Please keep checking our GERC Vacancies page for any updates.




PhD Vacancies

Nanofluid reactive flow in porous media for geoenergy applications

Closing date: 30th June 2016 - Find more information about the PhD here

Novel characterization methods for pore systems of seal rocks in reservoirs used for downhole hydrogen production and storage

Closing date: PhD will remain open until it is filled. Start date is October 2016. Find more information about the PhD 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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