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). Founded in January 2015, the centre has strong international partnerships with Virginia Tech (US) and the China University of Mining and Technology.

The goal of GERC is to address the global energy trilemma of:

  • Affordability
  • Security
  • Sustainability of energy supply

GERC will do this by focusing our combined capabilities, underpinned by novel and complimentary world class facilities, 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
  • 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

GERC is a member of Midlands Innovation, the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), UK CCS Research Centre (UKCCSRC) and the Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC) by way of our founder organisations; BGS and the UoN.


ADDRESS: GeoEnergy Research Centre, Coates Building, The University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD.


Contact: Dr Max Bardwell, Research and Business Development Manager,



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