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.

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Chancellor of the Exchequer Announces £36 Million UK Funding for Swansea University Clean Energy Innovation

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 […]

Schematic of photonic phenomenon observed in perovskite solar cells

Novel Method for Perovskite Solar Cells Represents an Important Step towards Commercialisation

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

Adopting Circular Economy Principles into Complex Photovoltaic Design

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.