We couldn’t do any of this without the wide range of partners – including our large corporate partners and also our community of innovative small to medium sized businesses – who are working with us to scale-up new technologies, identify routes to market and develop core skills. The working relationships here are strong and mutually beneficial – some are built on close connections nurtured over many years whilst others are just beginning. For more information about our partnership opportunities, have a look at the Work With Us page.

The SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre was set up in 2011 with a £20m commitment over five years comprising grants from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK and the Welsh Government together with investment from Swansea University and its strategic industrial partners.

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Swansea University

Swansea University is a world-class research-led university located in beautiful parkland with views across Swansea Bay close to the Gower Peninsula, the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The University was established in 1920 and currently offers around 350 undergraduate courses and 100 post-graduate courses to 14,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students. In September 2015, the University opened the 65 acre Bay Campus to complement an upgraded Singleton Park Campus.
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SPECIFIC has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, as well as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate UK.


EPSRC is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and physical sciences investing approximately £800m a year in research and postgraduate training to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change.
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Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the new name for the Technology Strategy Board, the UK’s innovation agency. Innovate UK fund, support and connect innovative businesses through a unique mix of people and programmes to accelerate sustainable economic growth.
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European Regional Development Fund

EU funds are having a positive impact on people, businesses and communities across Wales by driving cutting-edge research and innovation for Wales’ global success and boosting business and driving productivity for commercial success.
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Strategic Partners

SPECIFIC’s Strategic Partners are Swansea University, BASF, NSG Pilkington, Tata Steel and Cardiff University. The three core industrial partners complement Swansea and Cardiff Universities’ extensive research capability with global supply chains that provide a route to market for the solutions generated, and significant generic up scaling process and engineering knowledge.


Akzo Nobel supply innovative and sustainable paints, coatings and specialty chemicals to customers around the world. Their products are known under more than 120 brands...As well as offering key functionalities, their products also play a vital role in the manufacturing process in many industries.
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NSG Group

The mission of the NSG Group is to be the global leader in innovative high performance glass and glazing solutions, contributing to energy conservation and generation, working safely and ethically. The Group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of glass and glazing systems in three major business areas; Building Products, Automotive and Technical Glass. Founded in 1918, NSG acquired the leading UK-based glass manufacturer Pilkington plc in June 2006.
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Tata Steel Europe Limited is Europe's second largest steel producer. With main steelmaking operations in the UK and the Netherlands, the company supplies steel and related services to the construction, automotive, packaging, material handling and other demanding markets worldwide.
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Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research.
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Academic Partners

The academic partners of the project are universities interested in energy generation from the built environment with significant research in the generation of renewable energy from buildings with metal or glass facades.

Imperial College London
University of Sheffield
Nottingham University
University of Bristol
University of Bath
Northumbria University
Loughborough University
University of Oxford
Oxford Brookes University
University of Manchester

Technology and supply chain partners

Gates Foundation
British Gas
Buro Happold Engineering
Carbon Trust
Cornelius Electronics
The Ecological Sequestration Trust
Energy Effective
Energy Technologies Institute
European Thermodynamics Limited
Green Build Consult
Green Core
Gwent Electronic Materials
Harries Automation
HLM Architects
Hoare Lea
Isle Utilities
National Physics Laboratories
One Nine Design
Opus Materials Technologies
Oxford Photovoltaics
Perkin Elmer
SIPS Wales
Solar Plants
Solar Press
Specific Innovations
Spring Vale
Stride Treglown
Swansea Innovations
TATA Cleantech Capital
Western Power
Willmott Dixon Construction

End Users

Jaguar Land Rover
Neath Port Talbot Council
Cardiff Council
NHS Wales
Swansea Council
Bridgend Council

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