SPECIFIC IKC Phase 2

Lead Research Organisation: Swansea University
Department Name: School of Engineering

Abstract

The UK faces a challenge of providing an energy system that is secure, sustainable and affordable. The cost of upgrading the power infrastructure is estimated to be £200bn using a centralised energy generation model. We believe that the Buildings as Power Stations concept can create a whole new manufacturing and business opportunity and dramatically reduce the investment required to create a secure future for the next generation. Even reducing the power infrastructure investment by 10% represents a £20bn UK opportunity which is mirrored across the developed world.

So far on our journey we have had substantial impact and SPECIFIC is a key component to ensure commercialisation of these disruptive technologies principally though leadership of demonstration of new technology in the built environment. Research leadership and excellence is backed up by the publishing of 149 papers, international invited conference presentations and an expanding portfolio of 29 patents. A network of over 52 early adopter industrial partners, spanning both large corporates through to a selection of fast moving and innovative SMEs has also been grown. Where no company or market yet exists we have elected to spin two companies out. Alongside this, world class facilities have been created for large scale research and demonstration of product manufacture, including three pilot lines co-located with world class scientific research instrumentation. The opening of the Solcer Demonstration house in July this year is a key milestone; with colleagues at the Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff) and the construction supply chain, this 'Active House' uses EXISTING technology harnessed in a unique way to generate up to twice as much energy as it uses. Combining solar electric and thermal generation and storage systems the house is globally unique and with a construction cost of under £150k it is affordable.

The journey into the next decade brings both challenge and opportunity. We intend to build the success of the first four years and to deliver critical new technologies to market, including printed photovoltaics at half the current commercial Si cost, safer building scale aqueous batteries delivering the opportunity to time shift renewable generation to demand, and solar thermal integrated storage solutions which create Active Buildings that do not require gas heating. Each of these sectors alone represent a billion pound opportunity and together they create a compelling case for a paradigm shift in our energy matrix from centralised generation and grid distribution to a model of distributed energy generation.

This is disruptive technology so accurate market assessment is challenging. However, considering domestic new build in isolation, with 145,000 new UK homes built in 2014 and assuming an average £125k construction cost (proved through the Solcer House project) this translates to a >£1.8bn annual domestic new build opportunity if only 10% of new homes use the Buildings as Powerstations concept. Given it is affordable, environmentally friendly and offers building owners an additional income stream this projection is conservative. The opportunity in retrofit is even larger as is that in commercial and industrial buildings. The associated manufacturing opportunity will create 5000 jobs in the construction supply chain and give the UK, centred in Wales, a 'once in a lifetime opportunity' to lead the world using technology invented, developed, proven and manufactured here. Wales and the UK can be a beacon of leadership for developed and developing nations alike in a new industrial revolution.

Planned Impact

We believe that the SPECIFIC IKC can deliver a new Buildings as Powerstations (BAPS) industry within the next phase of the project. This has been recently re-inforced by the completion of the first BAPS demonstrator (the SOLCER House produced with Cardiff University with support from Tata, Pilkington BASF and the construction supply chain). This demonstrator is not only affordable NOW but generates twice the energy it uses in a year. This powerful example will become even more attractive as new low cost energy generation and storage technologies are developed both at the IKC and elsewhere. SPECIFIC 2 supported by an additional >£10m investment from WG and support of over £6m from industry will lead demonstration projects for domestic, commercial and industrial both new and retrofit.

Scientific and Technical: key targets are to increase the scope of UK academic partnership and drive increased publication and quality from the IKC staff
(1) 200 journal papers and 150 conference publications with a focus on high impact factor journals (6+)
(2) the hosting of an annual 'Buildings as Powerstations' conference and other international events at Swansea and the IKC to boost international profile and interactions
(3) To base at least two 2020 Impact case studies on the research outputs of the IKC
(4) To increase RCUK income into the host institution by £18m (focussing on PV, storage and solar thermal)
(5) To grow the staff to 170-200 over the next five years and develop sustainable strands of future funding

Societal and Environmental: key targets are reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and an alternative low carbon method of powering buildings
(1) Produce 108 building demonstrators of different types both new and retrofit to prove the conomic and environmental case for Buildings as powerstations
(2) Create low carbon and net positive energy buildings at affordable cost for domestic, industrial and commercial buildings
(3) Generate up to one third of the UKs targetnewable energy from building stock and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 6Mt per annum

Economic: key target is the creation of a >£1bn business opportunity in the UK
(1) Using the SOLCER house concept demonstrate that up to 10% UK new build could be make as 'active houses' representig a £1.8bn per annum opportunity
(2) Expand the new build philosophy to the 'Factory of the Future' through active building design demonstration with the user community
(3) Create new manufactured products (a) 20 p per watt peak PV within the lifetime of the IKC (b) solar thermal generation and storage at grid parity within the lifetime of the project and (c) alternative aqueous battery technologies at demonstration phase at the end of the project.

People: key targets are job creation and training of staff (at all levels)
(1) Create an internationally leading centre for Building integrated solar energy products employing up to 200 people
(2) Create a minumum of 250 jobs in supporting companies
(3) Training in the workplace of a minumum of 500 people on aspects of renewable technology to support their employment
(4) Training of a minimum of 50 post graduate engineers and scientists to work in the new industry
(5) Engagement with the wider community through sceince fairs and the Materials Live! project to include tens of thousands of participants

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description - Ni-Fe battery development. The SPECIFIC battery team have managed to coat reticulated polyurethane foam structures individually and in combination using electroless nickel, electroplated nickel and electroplated iron. The aim, through extensive, effective testing is to examine the cost ($/Wh) and storage density (Wh/kg) with the unique offerings of this technology approach; high surface area, high active to inactive material ratio, low cost substrate, varying foam thickness and density, compressible structure and not to mention earth abundance and recycling benefits. The development is ongoing but SPECIFIC have already reduced the electroless immersion time from 60 minutes (literature standard) to 3-5 minutes through a combination of process chemistry and electroless solution chemistry; A high surface area nickel plating system utilising modifications in electroplating solution chemistry and current control. PU foams ranging in thickness from 10 to 50mm and from 20 pores per inch to 60 pores per inch have been successfully coated.

- a method of producing a high surface area material from fast growing bamboo. Readily available, cost effective high surface area carbon materials are important materials for a variety of technologies. However, this method focuses on the optimisation for Lithium Sulphur batteries. Process optimization for producing hierarchical porous bamboo-derived carbon materials with ultrahigh specific surface area for lithium-sulphur batteries

- a hydrothermal process was used to grow 3D TiO2 nanorods and reduced graphene oxide composites with a variety of compositions with the aim of optimising the charge separation in dye sensitized solar cells. Reduced graphene oxide wrapped hierarchical TiO2 nanorod composites for improved charge collection efficiency and carrier lifetime in dye sensitized solar cells.

- A significant step forward in the large scale production of fully printable perovskite solar cells is the development of a method of infiltrating the low viscosity peroskite material in a controlled and automated manner. This paper outlines that technique and has been shown to work effectively during the production of our own large format modules, homogeneous and highly controlled deposition of low viscosity inks and application on fully printable perovskite solar cells.

- Corrosion research is still an important part of the SPECIFIC research portfolio and it supports the electrochemical understanding required for batteries and can inform some novel thinking. Corrosion of magnesium alloys when doped with group 14 or 15 elements retards the cathodic activation and hence reduces the evolution of hydrogen. This is also of interest when looking at round trip efficiency within some battery chemistries where hydrogen evolution is a sacrificial reaction that reduces the efficiency of the charge cycle. Reducing the corrosion rate of magnesium via microalloying additions of group 14 and 15 elements.

- mono layer and self assembling coatings developed for Titania deposition has applications in deep drawing steel where material die friction can reduce quality and increase tool wear. By examining the deposition and rheological properties of a number of phosphonic acids the reduction in friction, layer deposition and the resulting reduction in wear was assessed. Study of the tribological properties and ageing of alkyphosphonic acid films on galvanized steel.
Exploitation Route - production of environmentally acceptable solid state batteries
- production of more efficient dye-sensitised solar cells
- large-scale production of affordable printed solar cells
- more efficient battery technologies
- improved production of galvanised steel
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Transport

 
Description ACTIVE Office: https://www.building.co.uk/the-active-office-an-energy-positive-building/5094223.article https://www.swansea.ac.uk/press-office/news-archive/2018/tomorrowsofficetoday-uksfirstenergy-positiveofficeopensinswansea.php http://www.specific.eu.com/assets/downloads/casestudy/Active_Office_Case_Study.pdf The Active Office (Links above) was officially opened on 21 June 2018 having been conceived and built within eight months. This two-storey demonstrator building is funded by Innovate UK, and delivered by SPECIFIC, in partnership with Wernick, to demonstrate the 'buildings as power stations' concept using commercially available, innovative technology in a repeatable format. Funding for the Active Office was received in October 2017, to be spent by March 2018, which presented a challenging timeframe for the project delivery team. Only by working closely and collaboratively with the main contractor and their supply chain partners has it been possible to achieve the aspirations for an innovative, energy positive building within the short timeframe. The building was completed in May 2018. Building on the principle concepts of the Active Classroom, such as no gas and integrated thermal and electrical systems, the Active Office incorporates both thermal and electrical storage. The addition of a thermal store enables flexibility for the provision of space heating. The thermal store can be charged by direct solar irradiation via the PV-T system, indirectly via stored PV power from the batteries (utilising an air source heat pump) or directly from grid power during an overnight charge cycle. This flexibility ensures that space heating for the building can be supplied electrically with little to no impact on the grid at times of high demand. Impact: The Active Office builds on experience gained from the Active Classroom and showcases further novel building-integrated products and technologies developed by SPECIFIC's industrial partners, including: Curved building integrated photovoltaic roof - BIPVco; Combined PV-T evacuated tubes, generating both heat and electricity - Naked Energy; Thermal storage - Pursey and Ball; Integration of PV and battery storage - Dulas; Paints to improve indoor air quality and to reduce artificial lighting requirements - AkzoNobel; Communications infrastructure and Smart lighting controls - Cisco; A two-storey 'living wall' was incorporated adjacent to a SSSI site to promote bio-diversity and act as a key engagement for local schools and the public. Policy and Influence, Developing SPECIFIC's position as a 'Thought Leader' Criteria Addressed: Leadership, Strategy, Partnership, Processes, Business, Wider Industry Needs, Science and Society, Responsible Innovation Partners: Swansea University, Welsh Government, BEIS There is evidence that SPECIFIC's Vision has gained significant traction across key stakeholder groups in the Construction and Energy Sectors, demonstrating the role of "thought leaders" in this area. Engagement activities have been used to secure additional funding, influence policy outcomes and support regulatory reviews to build capacity for Active Buildings. SPECIFIC has made notable partnerships in the past 12 months and has joined The Renewables Energy Association to broaden its areas of influence. Several workshops were held to build supply chain capacity for Active Buildings, e.g. Energiesprong, Skanska, Black Country Consortium, Dimplex, Construction Products Association, Midas Construction, Evergreen Smart Power, GridDuck, Hewitt Architects, Minus 7, Bere Architects, BRE, Drax Power and the Energy Systems Catapult. Impact: Critically this activity has supported investments which can accelerate early adoption including: Welsh Government Housing Strategy and Innovative Housing Programme; £10m Phase1 (£90m Phase 2) launched in Summer 2017 with Active Homes Neath (3.3) receiving £1.5m funding; Building for 2050 - a £1.4m BEIS funded research project, which will look at how to increase the number of low-cost, low carbon housing; includes Active Homes Neath; Active Homes Neath project is to be used as the flagship project for The Swansea City Deal "homes as power stations" activity (3.3); worth £517,050,000 as part of Swansea City Deal investment of £1.3 billion (39% of total program value) generating an estimated 4,512 new jobs; Government's Clean Growth Strategy; The Transforming Construction Industry Strategy Challenge Fund (£170m) has been announced and supports the creation of an Active Building Centre; Welsh Government: £100m (5 year) Warm Homes NEST Retrofit contract awarded to British Gas with SPECIFIC referenced within the submission with a view to providing future tech solutions. Active Classroom http://www.swansea.ac.uk/campus-development/phase2-current/keyprojects/activeclassroom/ The Active Classroom is SPECIFIC's latest full-scale building demonstration project, located at Swansea University's £450 million Bay Campus. The Active Classroom contains a laboratory and classroom and is used for teaching students. It is also monitored closely, enabling researchers to test and validate building performance in an education facility and to see how users interact with technology. Demonstration at a building scale is vital in evaluating and proving techniques and technologies, before they will be adopted by the construction sector, regulators and consumers. SPECIFIC's demonstration programme has been designed to test and prove the buildings as power stations concept in a range of uses. BIPV Co The first company spun out of SPECIFIC IKC, BIPVco have secured investment from brewing company, SAB Miller. BIPVco specialise in the manufacture of building integrated photovoltaic roof panels. Using the latest advances in cell design and manufacturing, BIPVco have developed a highly efficient module. The PV module is incorporated directly onto the steel or membrane roof, delivering both environmental and economical benefits over traditional roofing and solar solutions. BIPVco Ltd will install a pilot 2kWp photovoltaic system on the roof area of its Nigeria brewery. The collaboration between BIPVco and SAB Miller was facililtated by the SPECIFIC IKC. SAB Miller's process engineering manager, Thomas Brewer said, "We are delighted to be associated with this pioneering manufacturing company that has taken the technology of integrating solar photovoltaic cells onto roofing substrates into a new paradigm," said Brewer. "The BIPVco advantages to SABMiller as a property owner were very clear from the outset - to be able to turn our roofs and industrial sites into power producing buildings using elegant, lightweight, efficient and cost effective technology, with no negative impact on the building's structure or aesthetics."
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Construction,Education,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description £6.5m Funding to Develop 'Coal Mine Central Heating' Plan
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact A £6.5m grant has been awarded to pump naturally-heated water from an Caerau coal mine (Maesteg) and use it to heat 150 homes. The technology developed will pump water from a depth of 230m (750ft) which has been heated by the earth to about 20.6C (70F). SPECIFIC are assessing the heating energy demand for a cross section of the Caerau community and evaluating the potential for integration of renewable energy technologies. The feasibility study that this work contributes to is being delivered by a large commercial and academic consortium on behalf of Bridgend council. (to be completed at the end of February) SPECIFIC is also working in conjunction with Cardiff Metropolitan University to assess the heating energy demand using a combination of surveying techniques, including condition assessments, air permeability tests, SAP calculations and thermography surveys. The information gained will underpin previous heat mapping work conducted by Cardiff university and inform the size of heat pump required.
URL http://specific.eu.com/6-5m-funding-to-develop-coal-mine-central-heating-plan/
 
Description Education in Modular for Trinity St David's Future Architects
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Students from University of Wales Trinity St David's School of Architecture and Built Environment were treated to an in-depth tour of the construction process behind the UK's first energy positive office building. The project, led by SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre at Swansea University, funded by Innovate UK and procured through the Fusion 21 modular buildings framework, is being manufactured offsite by Wernick Buildings. The 40 students were initially taken on a tour of SPECIFIC's Active Classroom in Swansea University's Bay Campus, which is capable of generating, storing and releasing its own solar energy. The students were shown the innovative technologies being used as well as the energy saving features of the classroom. They were also shown the construction site for the new Active Office where groundworks are being undertaken. Once built, the Active Office with share energy and information with the adjacent Active Classroom using one smart, integrated system.
URL http://specific.eu.com/education-in-modular-for-trinity-st-davids-future-architects/
 
Description Adventures in Energy - A new concept for advanced large-scale energy storage: secondary batteries with seawater as open self-replenishing cathode
Amount £415,907 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N013727/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2018
 
Description BEIS Non-Domestic Demand-Side Response
Amount £18,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 127310112017-ND105 
Organisation Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 10/2017
 
Description Brian Mercer Feasibility Award
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Funding ID MF150163 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2017
 
Description EPSRC First Grant Scheme
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R016666/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2018 
End 01/2019
 
Description EPSRC Responsive Mode
Amount £1,220,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P030831/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2020
 
Description Energy Catalyst - Mid Stage - Round 2 - Hi-PROSPECTS
Amount £1,333,356 (GBP)
Funding ID 102470 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2019
 
Description Energy Catalyst R5
Amount £562,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2020
 
Description Enterprise Fellowship - Dodds
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EF1617\6\26 
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 03/2018
 
Description Entrepreneur in Residence
Amount £39,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EiR2\180108 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 09/2020
 
Description Exploitation models for SPECIFIC IKC
Amount £250,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 920037 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description Grant Opportunities - SCION
Amount $2,000,000 (USD)
Organisation Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 03/2017 
End 03/2018
 
Description H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017 (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks)
Amount € 3,852,446 (EUR)
Funding ID MAESTRO (764787) 
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 11/2017 
End 10/2020
 
Description Industrial Support (cash) - BASF
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Funding ID n/a 
Organisation BASF 
Department BASF Coatings
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2021
 
Description Intitutional Links - Newton fund
Amount £80,000 (GBP)
Organisation British Council 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description Low-cost printed flexible solar cells as substitute for current (1st and 2nd generation) photovoltaics for building integrated applications in India
Amount £125,981 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/S01344X/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 03/2021
 
Description Materials Science 2016 Venture Prize
Amount £25,000 (GBP)
Organisation Armourers & Brasiers 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2017
 
Description Newton Fund
Amount £5,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P003605/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2016 
End 09/2020
 
Description Prosperity Partnership in Rapid Product Development
Amount £2,431,506 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S005218/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 10/2023
 
Description SPECIFIC IKC Phase 2 - EPSRC £2M
Amount £2,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N020863/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2021
 
Description SPECIFIC Phase 2 - IUK - £2M
Amount £2,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 920036 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2021
 
Description SPECIFIC+ - WEFO £15M
Amount £15,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 80892 
Organisation Government of Wales 
Department Welsh European Funding Office
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2021
 
Description SUSTAIN Manufacturing Hub
Amount £10,319,154 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S018107/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 03/2026
 
Description Senior Industrial Fellow - MPI/Tata Steel
Amount £189,000 (GBP)
Funding ID n/a 
Organisation Materials Processing Institute 
Sector Private
Country Unknown
Start 03/2016 
End 02/2019
 
Description Ser Cymru 2 - Fellowships
Amount £225,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 80761-SU-017 
Organisation Government of Wales 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2016 
End 11/2019
 
Description Ser Cymru 2 - Fellowships - SJ
Amount £93,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Wales 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2016 
End 11/2018
 
Description Ser Cymru Industry Fellowship - ASHIBA: ADVANCED HEAT STORAGE FOR INDUSTRIAL AND BUILDING APPLICATIONS
Amount £190,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NRNC08 
Organisation Welsh Assembly 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2017
 
Description Solar Photovoltaic Academic Research Consortium II
Amount £5,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Wales 
Department Welsh European Funding Office
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2021
 
Description The Active Building Centre
Amount £35,947,427 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S016627/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 03/2022
 
Description GridDuck - Heated Floors 
Organisation GridDuck
PI Contribution Working with GridDuck as lead partner, a project to examine the suitability of small heat loads for demand side response has been secured via BEIS's recent competition/tender "Demand Side Response for Non-Domestic Buildings". GridDuck and Upside Energy are both start-ups active in DSR. Phase 1 will commence in October, if successful, Phase 2 will use SPECIFIC's demonstration and scale up facilities. The work will include the heated floor tile as well as other heating loads.
Collaborator Contribution Working with GridDuck as lead partner, a project to examine the suitability of small heat loads for demand side response has been secured via BEIS
Impact none yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description IQE - Advanced Silicon-Perovskite Solar Tandem Cells (ASPEKTS) 
Organisation IQE Europe Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Scoping of research projects, preparation of collaborative funding applications. Access to facilities and technical staff.
Collaborator Contribution Scoping of research projects, preparation of collaborative funding applications. EPSRC iCASE studentship. Access to facilities and technical staff.
Impact EPSRC iCASE studentship
Start Year 2017
 
Description Palliser Engineers Ltd - Optical Transfer of Heat with Electrical and Light Output 
Organisation Palliser Engineers Ltd
PI Contribution development of low cost CdTe to convert short solar wavelengths and utilise most of the remaining 41% to achieve temperatures of 150 deg C using novel optics. This enables absorption and adsorption heat driven technologies to be run efficiently for affordable air-conditioning and refrigeration. SPECIFIC will address the heat profiles needed to interface with thermochemical heat storage salts, including the interface and control aspects of applying their techniques for relatively short-term heat cycles in domestic or industrial conditions.
Collaborator Contribution Project leadership and research direction. Collaborative R&D.
Impact project work recently began - too early to report outcomes
Start Year 2017
 
Description SPECIFIC IKC - Phase 2 - Strategic Industry Partners 
Organisation BASF
Department BASF Coatings
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Development of a range of coatings for steel and glass to functionalise the building envelop.
Collaborator Contribution Access to industrial expertise, equipment, facilities and project steering. Direct funding of staff and doctoral students.
Impact multi-disciplinary collaboration involving: Materials Science / Engineering Physics Chemistry Architecture Technology Transfer and Commercialisation
Start Year 2016
 
Description SPECIFIC IKC - Phase 2 - Strategic Industry Partners 
Organisation Pilkington Glass
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Development of a range of coatings for steel and glass to functionalise the building envelop.
Collaborator Contribution Access to industrial expertise, equipment, facilities and project steering. Direct funding of staff and doctoral students.
Impact multi-disciplinary collaboration involving: Materials Science / Engineering Physics Chemistry Architecture Technology Transfer and Commercialisation
Start Year 2016
 
Description SPECIFIC IKC - Phase 2 - Strategic Industry Partners 
Organisation TATA Steel
Department Tata Limited UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Development of a range of coatings for steel and glass to functionalise the building envelop.
Collaborator Contribution Access to industrial expertise, equipment, facilities and project steering. Direct funding of staff and doctoral students.
Impact multi-disciplinary collaboration involving: Materials Science / Engineering Physics Chemistry Architecture Technology Transfer and Commercialisation
Start Year 2016
 
Description eight19 (SUNRISE) 
Organisation Eight19
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution development of collaborative research funding applications stability and processing of organic solar cells
Collaborator Contribution development of collaborative research funding applications
Impact funding applications
Start Year 2017
 
Company Name MUREX ADVANCED MATERIALS LTD 
Description At Murex Advanced Materials we aim to develop and manufacture the materials you need to advanced your products. Our aim is to partner with businesses to develop, test and manufacture new materials. We have initially specialised in 3D printable materials and advanced pigments but our range of research and experience, as well as our access to world leading universities allows us to consider any project. 
Year Established 2016 
Impact none yet
Website http://www.murexgroup.co.uk
 
Company Name Hexigone Inhibitors Ltd 
Description Hexigone Inhibitors Ltd was formed in June 2016 as a result of winning the Armourers & Brasiers' 2016 Materials Science Venture Prize for its smart release Cr(VI)-free corrosion inhibitor for coated steel products. The innovation addresses an urgent need of the coil coating industry as the leading inhibitor products based on Cr(VI) will be banned by the EU in 2019 due to toxicity. 
Year Established 2016 
Impact Since it's formation in June 2016 the team have gone on to leverage £50k in seed investment, a Royal Society Brian Mercer Feasibility Award (£30k) and a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship (£60k). The technology is patented and is currently in the PCT phase. During 2017 it is expected that 1x doctoral level FTE will be created in the Swansea region. 2019 - The company now has several employees based in the Swansea region, has raised over £1m in private investment and is working globally with 20 international partners https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47468201?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c52ew8q50z2t/wales-business&link_location=live-reporting-story One of the original team has now become a Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence at Swansea University
Website http://www.hexigone.com
 
Company Name KUBAL-WRAITH LIMITED 
Description The spin-out, Kubal-Wraith Ltd, company was founded on 29 January 2018 by Swansea University and the inventors of the key intellectual property. The technology to be commercialised will enable continuous measurement of chemical composition and temperature of molten metals during production. This is achieved using a laser beam projected into the melt through a refractory gas-swept channel (tuyère) in the furnace wall. It will adapt and combine recent advances in refractory manufacturing and laser metrology, exploiting gas injection techniques to protect the data channel. 
Year Established 2018 
Impact in 2017 the team won a Royal Society Translation award to support the initial technology transfer of the technology from the university to an investment ready proposition. Following this, in June 2018 the now formed company and management team from Swansea University won the Armourers & Brasiers 2018 Materials Science Venture Prize - making Swansea University the first institution to win the prize twice. The lead inventor has since secured a Royal Society Short Industry Fellowship associated with the technology transfer of the innovation.
 
Description "Using building integrated PV and Solarthermal Techniques with energy storage to turn 'Buildings into Power Stations' Presentation at the World congress" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at the World congress by Professor Dave Worsley and Paul Jones
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 'A Low Carbon Pathway to 2030' Consultation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Context / Background: Climate change is one of the biggest global challenges threatening Wales' prosperity because it will have an impact on all of our lives. Wales is required by law to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 80% in 2050. This requires a step change to how we live and work and is not a standalone policy area. The global decarbonisation trajectory has been set, creating clarity and certainty to drive investment. This creates enormous economic opportunity for Wales. Everyone needs to act and accelerate a shift to Low Carbon Buildings and Transportation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://specific.eu.com/a-low-carbon-pathway-to-2030-consultation/
 
Description 11th International Summit on Organic and Hybrid Photovoltaics Stability (ISOS-11) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Wing Chung Tsoi presented to this conference in Suzhou, China
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 2018 International and European Conference on Thermoelectrics (ICT2018/ECT2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Matthew Burton presented on behalf of SPECIFIC at this conference in Caen, France
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 2018 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Matthew Burton presented at this conference in Boston, USA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 7th International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Africa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact the conference took place in South Africa, thereby extending the SPECIFIC research reach and increasing the profile abroad
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description A Cool World Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact led to further contact and a different direction for an area of research to be explored
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BEAMA workshop: The EV experience in 2025 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact invited participation in an EV Workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CIMTEC 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Trystan Watson was invited to speak at the annual conference in Perugia, Italy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Carbon Solar Cell Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SPECIFIC hosted this event - primarily Dave Worsley, Francesca de Rossi, Jenny Baker and Trystan Watson
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Centre for Plastic Electronics Annual Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Jenny Nelson presented
Dr Silvia Villarroya-Lidon engaged people via a static demonstration stand
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Clean Air Show 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact outreach - public engagement
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Co-Innovate - Cardiff 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation of the buildings as power stations concept inviting industry to collaborate to deliver impact from research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DIY Solar Cell Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Alexander Riches undertook outreach activities in the local area as part of a science initiative
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Delhi Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Dave Worsley presented and participated in the Delhi Festival, New Delhi, India at the behest of the Welsh and Indian Government officials
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Design Circle AGM 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Joanna Clarke presented to an invited audience of architects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ECCA Brussels Presentation and participation in Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Dave Worsley was invited to present to the annual congress and participate in a Workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EMRS: Advanced Materials and Architecture for Organic, Printable and Bio-inspired Photonics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Emily Speller presented at this conference in Strasbourg, France
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EU Heroes H2020 Project meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact the international conference was hosted at SPECIFIC in Swansea
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Empowering Fututre Generation - Education, Training and Jobs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Joanna Clarke was the guest speaker/panel member
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Energy Systems Catapult, CEO visit to Active Office 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact a delegation from the Energy Systems Catapult, including the CEO and senior advisors visited the ACTIVE Office at Swansea
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) Keynote Symposium: Energy and Transportation from a European Materials Perspective: Keynote Session II 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dave Worsley gave a keynote speech to the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) in Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Federation of Master Builders Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact presentation by Dr Jonathan Williams
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Filming for SPECIFIC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A film was made for SPECIFIC featuring Dave Worsley and Paul Jones
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Get involved in Innovation Summit at Green Great Britain Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact invited speaker - Dave Worsley
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Gordon Research Conference. Aqueous Corrosion. Corrosion in an Evolving World: Science Informing Durability and Design 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Phil Ansell presented at this conference in New Hampshire, USA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description HOPV Conference, Valencia, Spain 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact personnel at SPECIFIC had their abstracts accepted at the annual international conference, HOPV
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description HTC-15. Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Separation Technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact knowledge exchange with a specialised audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description IDTechEx 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Global exposure of SPECIFIC research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IET Workshop: The Future Office 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact invited speaker at this national conference. profiling SPECIFIC's ACTIVE Office
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IKC Directors Meeting - hosted by SPECIFIC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SPECIFIC hosted the management teams of the national Innovation and Knowledge Centres at Swansea
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IKC Directors Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sharing of IKC best practice
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015,2018
 
Description IWA - Harnessing the potential: renewable energy in the Swansea Bay City Region 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Gill Kelleher was invited to sit on an expert renewable energy panel on the benefits to the Swansea Bay City Region
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description India/ UK Newton Workshop - Clean Energy for Rural Applications 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact India - UK Newton workshop on providing clean energy for rural applications organised between IISER Pune and Edinburgh University. What really made the workshop stand out was it was not just engineers and scientists crossing geographical divides but that social scientists were also be involved in the workshop, bring different experiences to bear.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://specific.eu.com/india-uk-newton-workshop-clean-energy-for-rural-applications/
 
Description InnovateUK/DFID - Competition Pitch - Buildings as Power Stations Collaborative R&D 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation of the 'buildings as power stations' concept inviting industry to collaborate to enable translation of research into impact
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description International Conference on Organic and Hybrid Thermoelectrics (ICOT2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact international exposure for SPECIFIC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Materials Research Society IMRC Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Dr Matt Carnie to the conference in Cancun, Mexico
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mega Event - ACMA Technology Summit & EXPO 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact invited to give a presentation at this annual summit in Pune, India
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Mexico Institutional Links 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Three representatives from SPECIFIC IKC visited Mexico for one week to deliver a British Council Institutional Links project with CINVESTAV, Merida.

On the third day they co-delivered a full-day workshop at a local school. The workshop demonstrated that it was possible to manufacture third generation photovoltaic devices using screen printing techniques that were readily available at the art facilities of the school and that form an important component of the local economy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://specific.eu.com/category/blog/
 
Description Nant Helen Regeneration Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact expert panelists
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SPEAKER: N&DMS lecture programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact invited speaker at Cardiff N&DMS Group annual lecture - Dave Worsley and Paul Jones
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description STA Storage Seminar: Market Access & Systems Integration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact talk given to industry personnel
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Sustainable Development of the Built Environment Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact talk at an industry event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk to SMEA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk given in Sheffield by Professor Dave Worsley
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Big Bang Fair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact outreach activities at an event aimed at encouraging young adults to consider science and highlighting the profile of the research being done at SPECIFIC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Great Science Share - demonstrations by SPECIFIC 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact outreach activities undertaken by members of staff at SPECIFIC, co-ordinated by Dr Chris Weirman
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Renewavbles Revolution: A Good News Conference. Powering our Buildings for a Cleaner Future 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Joanna Clarke presented information on the ACTIVE Office to an international audience in London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UK Energy Storage Conference 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact talks and participation of three members of staff
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Utility Week: Wales Energy Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Kevin Bygate was invited to speak at this pan Wales event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description WASET, 20th international Conference on Building Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Bruce Philip presented about SPECIFIC Active Office at the conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Welsh Government Decarbonisation of Grid Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact greater understanding of the research undertaken at SPECIFIC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Welsh Government: Carbon Budgets, Innovation Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact invited speakers at a Welsh Government workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Welsh Government: Decarbonising Energy Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Gill Kelleher and Jonny Williams attended. Invited to join working groups, to progress decarbonisation plans for Wales
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar: Priorities for the UK Energy Market 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Speech to a gathering of politicians on energy - increasing the profile of SPECIFIC nationally
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018