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.
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.
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.
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.
Swansea University researchers have developed solar cells which can be printed onto cheap metal foil making it a flexible and inexpensive way to generate solar power.
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