SPECIFIC

Buildings as power stations

Innovation | Education | Collaboration

We transform buildings into power stations by enabling them to generate, store and release their own energy.

SPECIFIC is an academic and industrial consortium led by Swansea University with Tata Steel, NSG Pilkington and BASF as strategic partners. At its heart is the SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre, which is funded by the EPSRC, Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board) and the Welsh Government.

Swansea University
Tata
NSG Group
BASF

EPSRC
Innovate UK
Welsh Government

Generate

Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), which are factory applied to the roof sheeting, generate electricity from solar energy. Heat is supplied by Solar Air Collector on south-facing walls, which draws warm air into the building.

Store

Electricity generated by the photovoltaics is stored in batteries. Warm air from the Solar Air Collector can be stored from day-to-night and summer-to-winter in a tank supplying the heating system.

Release

Energy generated by the building is released throughout via heating, lighting, electrical equipment and water use. Large area heating can be provided by a coating applied to floor tiles, walls and other surfaces.

Water Treatment

Rainfall on the roof passes over a photoactive titanium dioxide-coated metal roof sheeting, which chemically breaks down organic contaminants. The water is collected, passed through a filter and stored for use in the building.

Recent News

SPECIFIC Blog Post

New SPECIFIC Blog just in - read about the PV Group's adventures in High Wycombe!

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South Wales Materials Association (SWMA) Lecture

Attending the SWMA lecture on the evolution of helicopter blades

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LCRI Conference - Low Carbon Policy to Practice

Attending the annual LCRI Conference in November

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Baglan Bay Innovation Centre,
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Baglan,
Port Talbot,
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Michelle Roberts
T: +44 (0)1792 606867
E: info-specific@swansea.ac.uk