SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre is an academic and industrial consortium to develop buildings that generate, store, and release their own solar energy. They connect technologies into one, integrated system that captures heat and electricity from the sun and stores it within the building. Some of the technologies are developed by their own research teams at Swansea University, who specialise in scale-up of technology from the lab to full-scale buildings. They also work with a wide range of partners to promote early commercialisation of renewable energy technologies.
The Active Building Centre’s vision is to transform the UK construction and energy sectors through the deployment of Active Buildings, powered and heated by the sun, contributing to both vehicle electrification and decarbonisation. Their mission is to create an independent national centre, to convene industry, academia and government to enable the deployment of Active Buildings.
SAFEWATER is a transdisciplinary research centre working to deliver clean drinking water in underdeveloped areas around the world. With over 1.8 billion people lacking access to clean drinking water, they want to create solutions using technologies that are effective, low cost, and sustainable. Their initial focus is on working with rural communities in Colombia and Mexico, aiming to expand their collaborations to other countries and to share their resources globally.