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

Breakthrough in Improving the Stability of Perovskite Solar Cells

Solar cells convert the ubiquitous power of the sun into electricity, making them an especially attractive source of sustainable energy. To do so, however, the cells should maintain their performance despite of a constant onslaught of the elements—humidity being a particular challenge for perovskite solar cells.  Sagar Jain at SPECIFIC […]

The World’s First ‘Thin-Film Tin Selenide’ Thermoelectric Generator

The team at SPECIFIC has been working alongside the Swansea University Engineering Department and Queen Mary University of London to produce a paper on thermoelectric materials; “Thin Film Tin Selenide (SnSe) Thermoelectric Generators Exhibiting Ultralow Thermal Conductivity.” After two years of hard work, they have made the world’s first thin […]

R&I Awards

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 […]