go to top scroll for more

Content held in the EDC

The system holds four types of content:
  • Data Catalogue - a collection of energy-related datasets. Some are curated here at the Energy Data Centre and there are links to others held elsewhere. Some datasets have restricted access, and you will need to register to use them.
  • Project Catalogue - this contains information about publically funded research in energy derived from a range of funding bodies.
  • Publications
    • UKERC Publications - these are publications published by UKERC, or produced as a result of UKERC's activities.
    • ETI Publications- these are the publically accessible outputs of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) - Journal Articles, Books, Book Chapters, Conference Papers, ETI Publications (working papers and reports), Presentations, and Calls for proposals. Each output has been, linked to the relevant ETI project, and if applicable linked to a dataset which has been lodged in the Data catalogue.
    • Roadmaps ("Where we should be going")- a collection of national and international documents summarizing the problems to be overcome before new technologies can be commercially viable
  • Visualisations- a collection of visual tools for understanding large datasets

Searching and browsing

All content in the system can be searched from the main screen, apart from Visualisations. The results can then be filtered by Energy Category. Results are classified by five of the content types: Data Catalogue, Projects Catalogue, ETI Publications, UKERC Publications and Roadmaps

For more specialised searches or browses, use the Data catalogue, Project Catalogue or Publication options.

Where does the content come from?

The content held within the EDC comes from a variety of sources depending on the type of material.
If you would like to suggest specific additional content, please Contact us

Data Catalogue

Data deposited with us comes from the UKERC researcher community and other researchers who would like to use a domain respository. This is mediated by EDC staff. Metadata only records for other datasets related to our energy domain are created by EDC staff.

For UKERC4 all research data outputs will be held either in the EDC or in another domain respository. If data is more suitable for another archive, a metadata only record will be created.
Other datasets of interest to the energy community can be suggested and each will be considered individually.

There is a long term preservation remit for data held in the EDC. There is no expectation that content held in the EDC will be removed. Judgements will be made for metadata only records which no longer point to the resource. This will be captured through our link checking procedures.

Data is expected to be open, but if a case can be made for restrictions then they can be applied.

It is necessary to register with the EDC in order to access some datasets, see License and access rights for more details.

Project Catalogue

We routinely classify and release information on projects relating to the energy sector from the ESRC and EPSRC. Information on projects funded by OfGem is added on a quarterly basis. The catalogue also has project information from a wide range of government and industry bodies which have been added on a one-off basis.

The lead partner of a project (defined as the person/body who is contracted by the funding body) is called the "Principal Investigator" (PI) - there can only be one PI for each project. Other partners who are known to be receiving funding to carry out the project are known as "Other Investigators" (OIs). Other organisations associated with the project but not in receipt of funding are known as "Industrial Collaborators" (ICs). Individual researchers who have helped propose the project and whose salary costs are being paid using the project's funding are sometimes known as "Recognised Researchers" (RRs). There is no limit to the number of OIs, ICs, or RRs for a given project.

Records once approved are not removed

UKERC Publications

We routinely classify and release publications from the UKERC community, with a particular focus on those published by UKERC. Information comes from UKERC colleagues.

There is a long term preservation remit for this content type. There is no expectation that content held in the EDC will be removed.


These are added to the system by EDC staff when relevant ones become available. Records will be removed if external documents are no longer available or records held are superceded

ETI publications, projects and data

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) was a £400m industry and UK government partnership in low carbon energy system planning and technology development, which was operational between 2007 and 2019. Its mission was to accelerate the development, demonstration and eventual commercial deployment of a focused portfolio of energy technologies, to facilitate energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help achieve energy and climate change goals.

The ETI Publications Catalogue contains the majority of the publically accessible ETI outputs - Journal Articles, Books, Book Chapters, Conference Papers, ETI Publications (working papers and reports), Presentations, and Calls for proposals. Each output has been linked to the relevant ETI project (in the projects catalogue), and if applicable linked to a dataset which has been lodged in the Data catalogue.

No more content will be added to this collection

There is a long term preservation remit for this content type. There is no expectation that content held in the EDC will be removed.


These are added to the system from suggestions from the researcher community

Classification schemes in use

UKERC has devised a categorisation scheme which is used throughout the UKERC Energy Data Centre. All items have an energy category which is based on the IEA classification scheme.
In addition, projects have the following classifications:

  • Research type: used to distinguish between Basic and strategic applied research , Applied Research and Development and Final stage Development and Demonstration projects
  • Science and Technology based on the UNESCO scheme and the RAE schemes; used to show which disciplines are being used in the project
  • Cross Cutting a scheme devised by UKERC to identify cross cutting and inter-disciplinary research
Research Data is also classifed by subject.

Energy Category Classification

All records in the Energy Data have at least one Energy Category Classification term added.

Energy category assignd to all items in the EDC
Area Sector Topic
Residential and commercial  
Enhanced oil and gas production
Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas
Non-conventional oil and gas production
Oil and gas combustion
Oil and gas conversion
Other oil and gas
Coal production, preparation and transport
Coal combustion
Coal conversion (excluding IGCC)
Other Coal
CO2 Capture and Storage
CO2 capture/separation
CO2 transport
CO2 storage
Solar heating and cooling (including daylighting)
Solar thermal power and high-temp. applications
Wind Energy  
Ocean Energy  
Production of transport biofuels (incl. Production from wastes)
Production of other biomass-derived fuels (incl. Production from wastes)
Applications for heat and electricity
Other bio-energy
Geothermal Energy  
Large hydropower (capacity of 10 MW and above)
Small hydropower (less than 10 MW)
Other Renewables  
Light-water reactors (LWRs)
Other converter reactors
Fuel cycle
Nuclear supporting technologies
Nuclear breeder
Other nuclear fission
Nuclear Fusion  
Hydrogen production
Hydrogen storage
Hydrogen transport and distribution
Other infrastructure and systems R&D
Hydrogen end uses (incl. combustion; excl. fuel cells)
Fuel Cells
Stationary applications
Mobile applications
Other applications
OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES Electric power conversion  
Electricity transmission and distribution  
Energy storage  
Environmental, social and economic impacts  
Energy Economics  
Energy Models  
Other Supporting Data  

Research Data Subjects

Subjects are added to research data records to identify the domain of the data.

Subjects assigned to research data records
Domestic Energy Use
Economic Factors
Energy Generation plants
Energy Scenarios
Energy Storage Plants
Environmental Factors
General Energy Statistics
Social Factors
UK Electricity Market
UK Energy Market
UK Gas Market
UK Government Statistics

Project Science and Technology subject classification

This classification scheme is used for projects to identify the domain of the energy project.

Subjects assigned to projects
Scientific Field Discipline
BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science
Biological Sciences
Computer Science and Informatics
Metallurgy and Materials
Pure Mathematics
Statistics and Operational Research
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Architecture and the Built Environment
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering
Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
Geography and Environmental Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCES Business and Management Studies
Development Studies
Economics and Econometrics
Politics and International Studies
Town and Country Planning
AREA STUDIES American Studies and Anglophone Area Studies
Asian Studies
European Studies
Middle Eastern and African Studies

UKERC Cross-Cutting Characterisations for projects

This classification scheme is used to identify projects which have both technical and socio-cultural aspects.

Cross cutting characterisation
Class Sub-Class
Not Cross-cutting  
Systems Analysis related to energy R&D Energy modelling
Other Systems Analysis
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy Consumer attitudes and behaviour
Environmental dimensions
Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy
Policy and regulation
Technology acceptance
Other Energy technology information dissemination
Studies not related to a specific technology area
Last updated 12th February 2024