SPECIFIC (Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovation in Functional Coatings)

SPECIFIC (Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovation in Functional Coatings)

SPECIFIC is a consortium formed by Swansea University, Tata Steel, BASF and NSG Pilkington and a wide range of business and academic partners. The SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre was set up in 2011 with a £20m commitment over five years comprising grants from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK and the Welsh Government together with investment from Swansea University and its strategic industrial partners.

SPECIFIC is developing ground-breaking coatings for building materials that can be manufactured on an industrial scale in the UK. Once developed, these glass and steel-based products will be fitted to the roofs, walls and windows of new and existing buildings to generate, store and release safe, clean renewable energy.

More than 130 people work at the Baglan facility near Port Talbot in Wales on a range of projects that contribute either directly or indirectly to the ‘Buildings as Power Stations’ vision.

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SBEC, building envelope, Tata Steel, energy storage, renewables, energy generation, distributed energy

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