The Energy Institute User Documentation


Certain services, such as the email alerts, require you to register with the system so that it can identify you. When you register the system will email you with a link to activate your account.

Next you may want to fill out your personal profile. This same form is used to change user details once registered.


Browsing is a good way to access documents if you don't have a specific idea of what you're looking for. There are various ways to browse the repository, eg by project and by year.

To browse the repository either select Browse from the front page or from the navigation bar at the top of the screen. Then choose which property you wish to browse by eg. "Author".


Once you have logged in, you will be able to bookmark items of interest. To do that, find the item in the archive and click "View Item" below the list of details. Then click "Add to Bookmarks" on the "Actions" tab.


The repository offers two levels of searching, simple and advanced. Access the simple search using the Search field in the navigation bar at the top of the screen. To perform an advanced search, click "Search" in the vaigation menu.

Text Search Fields

These are used to search fields like title, abstract or author. Type your search terms into the box, eg. type in the "Documents" field to seach within the document text, and type in the "Creators" field, to search for at specific author.

Click the question mark to the right of the field for relevant search tips.

If you put more than one search term in a single field, you can also change search behaviour by selecting "Any of" or "All of" from the drop-down menu left of the field.

Enclose your search in "double quotes" to search specifically for that term.


When you're searching a date field, you can specify a single year or range of years that you're interested in:


retrieves only records where the year is '2010'.


retrieves records with years between 1997 and 2002 inclusive.


retrieves records with years of 2010 or later.


retrieves records with years up to and including 2012.


The Energy Institute contains documents and videos in several languages; some entries have several language specific versions. Tick of the languages, you want returned in your search. Tick of your language only and search to simply start browsing everything in the archive in your language.

Bilingual content

Entries with bilingual content will be named with their English title first, followed by their localized title separated by -- (double hyphens). Abstracts and other document info will follow the same format.

Retrieved records must fulfill

Select "All of these conditions" when you only want results that fulfill every conditions you have entered into the form, eg. title contains the word "sustainable" AND document text contains the word "renewable".

Select "Any of these conditions", eg. title contains the word "sustainable" OR document text contains the word "renewable".

Your Personal Profile

Your personal profile is used to hold contact information about you. You can choose whether your information should be public or private.

Enter the relevant information in the form. Those boxes where the field name (on the left of the box) has a star are required fields that you must fill out.

Note that you cannot change your e-mail address here. This is deliberate; if you inadvertently enter an incorrect e-mail address, the site will have no way of contacting you. Contact if you need to change your email.

Recommended Software

You can visit The Energy Institute in any web browser but might have the best experience when using one of the five major browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or Opera (Click the browser name to see how to update).

To read PDF files in your browser or on the PC a PDF reader, eg. Adobe Reader is required. Downloaded video and audio files can be opened in any media player. VLC is user friendly and can open most formats.

To edit Prezi slideshows (with .pez file extension), dowload the app from the website. Other documents, spreadsheets and presentations require an office suite, eg. LibreOffice. Archives need to be extracted with an archive extractor, eg 7zip. You can try to look up the file extension if your are unable to open some resources from the archive.