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 […]

Venture Prize awarded to Dr Adrian Walters and Kubal-Wraith team

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Congratulations to Dr Adrian Walters, our Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence, who with the Kubal-Wraith team has been awarded the 2018 Armourers and Brasiers’ Material Science Venture Prize. Armourers and Brasiers’ gave the prize to Swansea University spin-out company Kubal-Wraith Ltd for their new laser technology. This technology will for the first time allow real-time […]

Solar-powered Active Office progressing on-schedule

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The assembly of the SPECIFIC Active Office at Swansea University’s Bay Campus is advancing at an impressive rate. This newest construction in the line of ‘buildings as power stations’ follows on from more than 25 other renewable energy demonstrators including ‘The Pod’, the SHED, and the Active Classroom. Due to Wernick‘s off-site construction the build […]