SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre is a leading centre for energy technology research and full-scale demonstration.

Our vision is a world in which ‘Active Buildings’ can generate, store and release their own heat and electricity from solar energy. To deliver this, we research, prove and promote early commercialisation of building-integrated technologies that can capture energy from the sun and store it in a building until it is needed. We are also investigating the role for these buildings in our national energy and transport systems.

Some of the technologies are developed here by our research teams, who specialise in scale-up of energy technology from fundamental materials chemistry to full-scale building applications. We also work with a wide range of business and academic partners to demonstrate and support early commercialisation of new renewable energy technology and systems.

Buildings account for about 40% of global carbon emissions; in the UK they consume about 40% of all the energy produced. To address the energy crisis and reduce carbon emissions we need radical change in the way buildings are designed, built and integrated into our energy system: this is our mission.

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SPECIFIC is an academic and industrial consortium with more than 50 partners from academia, industry, and Government. We work collaboratively at all levels to develop new energy technologies, bring them to commercial reality, and create the environment for change.

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