Our aim is to transform buildings into power stations by enabling them to generate, store and release their own solar energy.

We do this by developing technology, demonstrating the concept on full scale buildings, and bringing together partners who can work together to enable change in the built environment.
SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre is an academic and industrial consortium led by Swansea University, with strategic partners Akzo Nobel, NSG Pilkington, Tata Steel and Cardiff University.
It is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK and the European Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government.

Latest News

Winners of ‘Outstanding Research & Innovation Collaboration’ at Swansea R&I Awards

We are delighted to announce that the Active Classroom has continued its winning streak; picking up its 7th award since completion in 2016. Last night (Thursday 21st June), the classroom received recognition from Swansea University’s ‘Research & Innovation Awards 17/18’ by winning the ‘Outstanding Research & Collaboration’ category. It was […]

Tomorrow’s office, today – UK’s first energy-positive office opens in Swansea

The UK’s first energy-positive office, which generates more solar energy than it consumes, will be opened at Swansea University on 21st June. 

Winners of ‘Design through Innovation’ and ‘Project of the Year’ at RICS Wales Awards

We’re delighted to announce that The Active Classroom has received huge recognition at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Wales Awards tonight (Wednesday 23rd May); which was held at the Radisson Blu, Cardiff.