News & Blogs

Welcome to our News and Blog page where you can read the latest stories from the team. If you are interested in a particular topic – you can filter the stories via the tags below:

New Low Carbon Modular Development at Coed Darcy

https://youtu.be/hEukgMygF-4 At the Coed Darcy development in Swansea, Coastal Housing Group is bringing the Active Building design principle together with steel-framed modular construction for the first time. The result is two off-gas properties that will provide residents with warm, …
Cecile Charbonneau

Staff Profile: Meet Cécile

Dr Cécile Charbonneau is the lead researcher of our Photovoltaic Nanomaterials Team. Cécile has been with the SPECIFIC team since the outset and her passion and enthusiasm for her work …
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The Future Of Home Heating

“We talk about our successes, but nobody wants to admit when there’s been a problem. We need a climate of honesty where people can say: we tried this, it didn’t …
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Heat Week – All Wrapped up!

This week we threw a spotlight on one of the toughest challenges society faces in reducing carbon emissions. Thanks to everyone who took part in Heat Week! Here’s a review of …

The Circular Economy and Photovoltaics

With the rapid rise of renewable energy technologies, there’s a risk of solving one environmental problem and creating another. Dr Matthew Davies is our Applied Photochemistry group lead. His research …
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Active Versus Passive Buildings

At SPECIFIC, we are often asked: “What differentiates an Active Building from other “green” buildings?” This blog defines what we mean by an Active Building and also explores other environmentally-conscious …

Covid-19 Statement

SPECIFIC is committed to caring for the health and well-being of our staff and partners. Following guidance from Swansea University / UK Government, and to ensure the safety of our …

Materials – It’s What We Do

MATERIALS@SWANSEA is a project cluster focussed on the decarbonisation of buildings and industry, with expertise in metals; alloys; coatings; energy generation, storage and systems. At Knowledge Transfer Network UK and Innovate …

Trystan Watson publishes 100th paper!

Our very own Professor Trystan Watson – member of SPECIFIC’s Management Team, our Photovoltaics Research Lead and Swansea University Professor – recently published his 100th academic paper.  Professor Watson has been a …

Building Collaborations in Mexico

Blog by Simone Meroni In 2017, our PV group, alongside CINVESTAV, was awarded a Newton Fund grant to assess the viability of using the existing textile industry infrastructure in Merida to manufacture low-cost screen-printed photovoltaic modules. So last …

Flexibility Hits the Headlines

[Written by Peter Bullock, Evergreen Smart Power] National Grid’s need to keep the electricity network balanced rarely makes for a stimulating topic of conversation, but the recent once-in-a-decade power outages …

The Active Office: One Year On…

A Q&A with SPECIFIC’s Technology Director, Dr Justin Searle, on how the Active Office has performed, and what’s next… How has the Active Office run over the last year? It has …

Perovskite Solar Cells for Aerospace

Airbus works with researchers at Swansea University to investigate the performance and stability of perovskite solar cells in a simulated stratospheric environment. Following a successful application to Airbus Endeavr, researchers at Swansea University’s …

A Year of Sunshine with the PV Team

[written by Silvia Villarroya-Lidon, Ser Solar Fellow – Industrial Engagement]  As 2018 came to an end, we looked back at our PV teams’ technical and personal achievements, and we can definitely …

Supersizing Perovskite Solar Cells

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 …