Archived research

In 2015 we provided funding and expertise for a research project looking at hydrogen as a future fuel source for domestic premises. The HyHouse project specifically considered the possible effects of hydrogen use on domestic appliances.    

During 2015 and 2014 we sponsored the Future Heat Series examining the future of heat for buildings and a study into the impact of improved insulation of buildings for flueless gas appliances. 

In 2013 we sponsored the Future Electricity Series of independent research reports exploring what role fossil fuels, renewables and nuclear can play in providing sustainable, secure and affordable power in the short, medium and long term.

More information on each of these research projects can be found below along with copies of the resulting reports for you to download. If you are currently involved in research that you think may be of interest to IGEM please contact us

Impact of improved insulation of buildings on flueless gas appliances

In 2015, IGEM along with the Gas Safety Trust co-sponsored the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) to deliver pioneering research into the impact on flueless gas appliances of reducing air changes to properties brought about by improved insulation. The resulting report was published in September of that year. 

Hydrogen

IGEM’s report on hydrogen, "Hydrogen – Untapped Energy?" was delivered in 2012. It looks at hydrogen as an alternative source of fuel and its potential to assist the UK in meeting the Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC's) target to reduce carbon emissions by 80% (compared with 1990 levels) by 2050.

In 2015 we provided funding and expertise for a second research project related to hydrogen. Prepared by Kiwa GASTECH at CRE on behalf of DECC, the energy storage component research and feasibility study "HyHouse" covers safety issues surrounding hydrogen as an energy storage vector.  

Future Electricity Series

Prepared by Carbon Connect, the Future Electricity Series contains three reports exploring what role fossil fuels, renewables and nuclear can play in providing sustainable, secure and affordable power in the short, medium and long term. 

By examining the benefits and risks of different technology mixes and sector pathways, this series sets the scene for well informed and constructive debate about the UK's power sector strategy, highlights the value of consensus and points to future policy challenges. For more information on the Future Electricity Series click here

Future Heat Series

Also prepared by Carbon Connect, the Future Heart Series examines the future of heat for buildings. For more information on the Future Heat Series click here

Biofuels

This report provides an analysis of various different types of biofuel including; biomass, bioliquids, biogas and bio-SNG and looks at the supply chain associated with these fuels. It also covers the future development of biofuels in the UK. 

Fuel Poverty

Entitled ''Out in the Cold'' this report, published in November 2011, examines the issue of fuel poverty in the UK. It focuses specifically on the effectiveness of the measures used to tackle the problem and makes recommendations for how they could be improved. 

Shale Gas

Published in September 2011 ''Shale Gas – A UK Energy Miracle?'' discusses as number of key issues surrounding the exploration and production of shale gas as well as its prospects for the UK. It was followed in November 2013 by our second report on the subject of shale gas entitled ''Shale Gas – The time is now''.