Translating ‘Active Buildings’ to India: Q&A with Arunavo Mukerjee

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This series of articles is a partnership between SPECIFIC, SUNRISE and the Active Building Centre. Our projects work with academic, industry and community partners in the UK and the Global South to research and develop solar technologies and to drive change in the construction industry. While our projects each have distinct objectives and approaches, our shared message is simple: […]

SUNRISE biannual solar energy symposium in Oxford

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SUNRISE has recently passed its second birthday as a GCRF project, and in the same month we held our fourth biannual conference! The symposium was hosted this time at the University of Oxford by Professor Henry Snaith. We were joined as usual by several of our partners across India and the UK, but this time […]

Power to the people: solar energy project gets £800,000 award to demonstrate how technology benefits developing countries

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A Swansea-led project which will help communities in developing countries to generate their own solar power has been awarded £800,000 by the UK government. The money will be used to construct prototype buildings and support collaboration between experts from 5 countries: India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, South Africa, and the UK. Solar energy is crucial in the […]

Public involvement with a community in India: Q&A with Carol Maddock and Khushboo Ahire

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This series of articles is a partnership between SPECIFIC, SUNRISE and the Active Building Centre. Our projects work with academic, industry and community partners in the UK and the Global South to research and develop solar technologies and to drive change in the construction industry. While our projects each have distinct objectives and approaches, our […]

Community Involvement Workshop with Cap-A-Pie

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Before we can install any buildings in India, we need to make sure that the receiving communities are fully on board. Without taking into account the human, historical, and social contexts, any new structures and technologies we introduce risk being rejected. We therefore need to involve residents in the process from the get-go to generate […]

Swansea researchers screen-print solar modules in Mexico for Newton Fund project

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Background In 2017 the photovoltaic groups at Swansea University (SPECIFIC IKC) and CINVESTAV, Merida were awarded a Newton Fund grant, funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and CONACYT-SENER and delivered by the British Council. The 12-month project started in March this year with an overarching objective of assessing the viability of […]