Buildings as Power Stations

Innovation | Education | Collaboration

We transform buildings into power stations by enabling them to generate, store and release their own energy.

SPECIFIC is an academic and industrial consortium led by Swansea University with Akzo Nobel, NSG Pilkington, Tata Steel and Cardiff University as strategic partners. At its heart is the SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre, which is funded by the EPSRC, Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board) and has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

Swansea University
NSG Group

Innovate UK
Welsh Government


Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), which are factory applied to the roof sheeting, generate electricity from solar energy. Heat is supplied by Solar Air Collector on south-facing walls, which draws warm air into the building.


Electricity generated by the photovoltaics is stored in batteries. Warm air from the Solar Air Collector can be stored from day-to-night and summer-to-winter in a tank supplying the heating system.


Energy generated by the building is released throughout via heating, lighting, electrical equipment and water use. Large area heating can be provided by a coating applied to floor tiles, walls and other surfaces.

Water Treatment

Rainfall on the roof passes over a photoactive titanium dioxide-coated metal roof sheeting, which chemically breaks down organic contaminants. The water is collected, passed through a filter and stored for use in the building.

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Baglan Bay Innovation Centre,
Central Avenue
Port Talbot,
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