Sêr Solar was devised in response to the Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru programme, established in June 2013 to strengthen research capability in Wales. The £50m scheme sought to attract leading international scientific talent to prestigious new research chairs at Welsh universities. The Sêr Cymru initiative was set up with the […]
We’re thrilled to announce that the Active Office is following in the footsteps of its big sister, The Active Classroom, and has been shortlisted for numerous awards in 2019… The project was funded by Innovate UK and delivered in collaboration with innovative partners such as Wernick (off-site construction), Tata Steel […]
This month, we organised an event in response to the Welsh Government Low Carbon Pathway Consultation. The event was held at the Senedd and was arranged to raise awareness of the key issues and how #ActiveBuildings can be part of the solution. Context / Background: Climate change is one of […]
The 16 homes, on the site of a former care home, have been designed to maximise solar gain and will use a combination of innovative technologies to allow the homes to generate, store and release their own energy. The Active Homes Neath project is a partnership between housing organisation Pobl Group, […]
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP has announced new £36 million UK Government funding to develop clean energy innovation at Swansea University. The new Active Building Centre will seek to remove barriers and accelerate market adoption of new solar-powered building design. Funded by the UK government […]
A research collaboration studying perovskite solar cells between the SPECIFIC IKC and Henan Key Laboratory of Photovoltaic Materials has been published in the Journal of Power Sources. The novel method developed represents an important step towards commercialisation of this exciting new technology.
Dr Matthew Davies and Dr Rhys Charles will be working together on ACCEPTED.
Humankind is on the brink of significant climate change and material resource shortages. We have reached the limits of our traditional ‘take-make-dispose’ linear economic models in which materials are extracted from the earth to create products which are discarded at the end of their useful lives.
The PV upscaling team at SPECIFIC has been working hard in the last year and finally their efforts have been recognised. Their paper, “All printable perovskite solar modules with 198 cm2 active area and over 6% efficiency” has been accepted in Advanced Materials Technologies and has been published online. A […]
Solar cells convert the ubiquitous power of the sun into electricity, making them an especially attractive source of sustainable energy. To do so, however, the cells should maintain their performance despite of a constant onslaught of the elements—humidity being a particular challenge for perovskite solar cells. Sagar Jain at SPECIFIC […]
The team at SPECIFIC has been working alongside the Swansea University Engineering Department and Queen Mary University of London to produce a paper on thermoelectric materials; “Thin Film Tin Selenide (SnSe) Thermoelectric Generators Exhibiting Ultralow Thermal Conductivity.” After two years of hard work, they have made the world’s first thin […]