‘Best Public Service Building’ Winners at the NPT Building Awards 2018.

The Active Classroom picks up further recognition in 2018...

Education in Modular for Trinity St David’s Future Architects

A visit by students to learn about modular building via our new Active Office at Swansea University Bay Campus

£6.5m Funding to Develop 'Coal Mine Central Heating' Plan

A £6.5m grant has been awarded to pump naturally-heated water from an Caerau coal mine (Maesteg) and use it to heat 150 homes.

Winners at the Wales Green Energy Awards 2017

We’re thrilled that the Active Classroom has picked-up its second award at the ‘Wales Green Energy Awards’ in Cardiff on Friday.

The UK's First Energy-Positive Office is to be built at Swansea University by SPECIFIC.

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns, during a visit to the Swansea Bay Campus, announced a £800,000 UK Government backed investment in Swansea University’s SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre.

Turning homes into power stations could cut household fuel bills by £600

Energy consumption could be cut by more than 60% - saving the average household over £600 a year - if homes were designed to generate, store and release their own solar energy, a report published today has revealed.

Turning Indian villages into solar power stations: £7 million award for Swansea-led project, SUNRISE

Villages in India will benefit from Swansea University expertise in creating buildings that work as power stations, generating, storing and releasing their own power, thanks to £7 million of UK government funding. The money was awarded to a Swansea-led consortium of 12 UK and Indian universities, in

SPECIFIC’s Active Classroom is shortlisted for ‘Sustainable Project of the Year’ at the Building Awards 2017

Following the success at Constructing Excellence Wales 2017, where the Active Classroom won the ‘Innovation Award’, the classroom has been shortlisted for further recognition at the Building Awards 2017.

Great news for SPECIFIC as UK Government encourages consumers to generate, store and release their own energy.

The UK Government has unveiled plans to give homes and businesses more control over their energy use by supporting innovation in battery storage technology. It is predicted that consumers could save £17bn to £40bn by 2050.

SPECIFIC’s Energy-Positive Active Classroom wins ‘Innovation Award’

The ‘Active Classroom’ built by Swansea University’s SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC), has won the Innovation Award in The Construction Excellence Wales awards which celebrate the best of the construction industry in Wales.

Plans for UK leading City Deal housing development have been submitted to Neath Port Talbot Council

The application is the first step in delivering a significant City Deal project in Neath Port Talbot as well as an opportunity to showcase innovative renewable technologies in the home. .

SPECIFIC Researchers overcome another major challenge in large scale manufacture of printed perovskite solar cells

Researchers at SPECIFIC have removed the need for a controlled atmosphere during fabrication of perovskite solar cells. This will make them easier to manufacture at scale, bringing the technology closer to commercial viability.

SPECIFIC Shortlisted for Awards

The SPECIFIC Innovation & Knowledge Centre is proud to announce that our flagship demonstrator building, the Active Classroom has been shortlisted in the Constructing Excellence Wales awards and the Business Green Leader awards.

Inspiring Women 2017 - Swansea University

As part of International Women’s Day 2017 celebrations each week during March, Swansea University showcased a range of successful and inspiring women that work, study and support Swansea University, both past and present.

SPECIFIC welcomes the Swansea Bay City Deal

We warmly welcome the signing today of the Swansea Bay City Deal by the Prime Minister Theresa May.

Famelab regional winner!

SPECIFIC Technology Transfer Fellow Carol Glover is through to the UK final of Famelab.

SPECIFIC IKC wins award from The Engineer

SPECIFIC have won the Collaborate to Innovate awards from The Engineer for the category of Built Environment.

The UK’s first energy positive classroom is switched on in Swansea

SPECIFIC's Active Classroom generates, stores and releases its own solar energy. It is a building for learning from, not just in.

SPECIFIC IKC Buildings as Power Stations Conference Agenda

Take a look at the agenda for our buildings as power stations conference

A smarter, safer way to reduce corrosion: award for Swansea steel experts

Better protection against rust and corrosion is a step closer thanks to a breakthrough by a Swansea University research team, who have discovered a safer, smarter way of tackling the problem.

Research as Art 2016

The Research as Art competition celebrates the diversity and beauty of research at Swansea and the creativity and impact of its researchers. With the results recently announced, we look at two of the runner up entries from SPECIFIC researchers Katherine Hooper and Tom Dunlop.

Steel is a 21st century industry - Swansea research on tomorrow's technologies

Steel is a 21st century industry, high-tech and highly-skilled - and it is essential for many of tomorrow’s technologies. That’s the message from Swansea University researchers who work closely with the industry, as they revealed the wide range of areas they work on: from solar energy and algae to p

Journey of an EngD

As the annual EngD seminar takes place, we follow the progress of Ashley Pursglove, a former student.

Materials Research Impact Competition

What impact can your research have? What benefits can your work have for your partners? Find out the far reaching impact of one person's research - competition winner Rhys Charles.

The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) launches today at Swansea University

A new £14m EU-backed project to develop the next generation of leaders within Wales’ engineering sector has been announced by Finance Minister, Jane Hutt at Swansea University.

Science without Borders

SPECIFIC student researcher Gabriel Bartholazzi Lugao De Carvalho wins the Science without Borders poster prize.

Sêr Solar in the 2015 Wales Green Energy Award finals

Some of the research carried out at SPECIFIC by the Sêr Solar team

First full scale ‘Building as a Power Station’ opened

Wales’ first energy positive house – capable of exporting more energy to the grid than it uses – was officially opened today by Welsh Minister for Economy, Science and Transport.

SPECIFIC Researchers Print Perovskite onto Flexible Metal

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.

Showcasing Innovation in Wales

SPECIFIC recently held the first event in the month long Wales Festival of Innovation. The event was a lecture on innovation in photovoltaics from Dr Peter Holliman from Bangor University.

Research as Art Competition

The SURF Research as Art competition is back! Organised by the Swansea University Research Forum (SURF) the competition invites images from across the University that are inspired by, or have themselves inspired research.

Sêr Solar Speaker Profiles Part III

As the upcoming Sêr Solar conference approaches, we take a look at the profiles of the world class speakers attending.

Sêr Solar Speaker Profiles Part II

As the upcoming Sêr Solar conference approaches, we take a look at the profiles of the world class speakers attending.

Sêr Solar Speaker Profiles Part I

As the upcoming Sêr Solar conference approaches, we take a look at the profiles of the world class speakers attending.

Sêr Solar Conference Programme Announced

The full programme for the Sêr Solar conference Printed Photovoltaics: From Materials to Manufacture has been announced

Focus On: Silvia Villarroya

We find out more about Silvia Villarroya, the PV Business Development Manager for the Sêr Solar project at SPECIFIC.

Researchers illuminate the way to low cost solar energy

Researchers at the SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre at Swansea University are one step closer to making low cost solar energy a reality by cutting the time it takes to make a new type of solar cell from up to 90 minutes to just 3 seconds.

Sêr Solar Lecture Series

March 2015 - Solution processing inorganic semiconductors and applications in the energy field

Upcoming Events

Royal Society of Chemistry conference on Formulation Science and Technology group (FSTG) - 24th April at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London

The Royal Society South Africa - UK Seminar

The Royal Society South Africa - UK Seminar: Functional Coatings for a Sustainable World took place at SPECIFIC in January 2015.

Sêr Solar Conference - Printed Photovoltaics: From Materials to Manufacture

Puchase your tickets for the upcoming conference.

Upcoming Events

Innovate UK is offering up to £4M of Innovation Funding to meet the challenges of the Built Environment and Construction

Upcoming Events - PV Conference

Sêr Cymru Solar Conference - Printed Photovoltaics: From Materials to Manufacture


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

South Wales Materials Association (SWMA) Lecture

Attending the SWMA lecture on the evolution of helicopter blades

LCRI Conference - Low Carbon Policy to Practice

Attending the annual LCRI Conference in November

National Composites Centre Grand Opening

Delegates from SPECIFIC and the Materials Academy were invited to attend the opening of Phase II of the National Composites Centre (NCC)

SPECIFIC Research Furthers Understanding of Perovskite Solar Cells

A new technique developed here at SPECIFIC has helped to improve understanding of the chemical changes that occur in perovskite solar cells during heat treatment

BBC Radio Wales Science Café Explores Precious Metals

From building cars to generating power, research in materials science has driven technological advancements. Adam Walton from the BBC Radio Wales Science Café investigates…

Advanced Materials publication for the SPECIFIC PV team

Researchers at SPECIFIC have developed a new design for printed solar cells making them inexpensive, safe and easy to use.

Annual EngDoc and MRes Seminar

The annual seminar is a chance for students to present the research they have carried out on real life research problems given to them by industrial company partners.

Nato Summit Reception, Celtic Manor

SPECIFIC Business Development Director Jan Ball attended the Nato summit reception hosted by Prince Charles to promote Wales.

BBC Radio Wales Science Café

Dr Trystan Watson gave a lecture at the national Eisteddfod on Buildings as Powerstations, talking about the research and development carried out at SPECIFIC.

SWMA Win IOM3 Society of the Year Award

Representatives from Tata and Swansea University collected a prestigious award on behalf of the South Wales Materials Association (SWMA) from the Institute of Materials at the Premier Awards Event in London in July this year.

What SPECIFIC means to industrial partners

Representatives from all levels of industry share their views on SPECIFIC and how it benefits their organisation

Venturefest Wales 2014

Venturefest Wales brought together entrepreneurs, investors and innovators to inspire business growth in Wales and SPECIFIC were there to showcase what we do.

Impact Awards 2014

Congratulations to Prof Dave Worsley and Dr Trystan Watson as runners up in the Outstanding Breakthrough in Research Award for their work in photovoltaics (PV).

Opening of Pilot Manufacturing Resource Centre brings 'Buildings as Power Stations’ one step closer

The creation of buildings as ‘power stations’ that can harness the sun’s energy to generate, store and release their own energy came one step closer today with the opening of the new Pilot Manufacturing Resource Centre at SPECIFIC in Baglan.

Materials Live! at the Cheltenham Science Festival

The Materials Live team demonstrate the wonders of materials science at the Cheltenham Science Festival

All Energy Exhibition Aberdeen

The SPECIFIC team take part in the All Energy Exhibition in Aberdeen

Materials Research Exchange - Coventry

SPECIFIC exhibited at the Materials Research Exchange event organised by the Materials Knowlegde Transfer Network (KTN)


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