£26m to commercialise technologies for buildings as power stations

A £26m research initiative has been launched to commercialise technologies that enable buildings to generate, store and release their own solar energy.

The funding is made up of £15m of EU funds, £4m from the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate UK, and £7m from Swansea and Cardiff Universities, coupled with crucial investment from industry partners. This will support a new phase of research and commercialisation of technology being developed at the Port Talbot-based SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre to transform buildings into power stations.

Kevin Bygate, chief executive of SPECIFIC said: “At scale, the buildings as power stations concept could deliver a significant reduction in gas heating, a reduction in the stress on the electrical grid at peak times, and a cheap, renewable source of energy for building owners and occupiers.”

Photo shows the SOLCER House, the Wales Low Carbon Research Institute’s buildings as power stations project, which was supported by SPECIFIC at Swansea University

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