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EP/I019278/1 - Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings - SPECIFIC

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Professor DA Worsley EP/I019278/1 - Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings - SPECIFIC

Principal Investigator - School of Engineering, Swansea University

Other Investigators

Professor R Akid, Co InvestigatorProfessor R Akid

Professor T Claypole, Co InvestigatorProfessor T Claypole

Professor MG Davidson, Co InvestigatorProfessor MG Davidson

Professor JR Durrant, Co InvestigatorProfessor JR Durrant

Professor DT Gethin, Co InvestigatorProfessor DT Gethin

Professor PJ Hall, Co InvestigatorProfessor PJ Hall

Dr PJ Holliman, Co InvestigatorDr PJ Holliman

Professor SJC Irvine, Co InvestigatorProfessor SJC Irvine

Professor SB Lyon, Co InvestigatorProfessor SB Lyon

Professor N McMurray, Co InvestigatorProfessor N McMurray

Professor V Randle, Co InvestigatorProfessor V Randle

Dr JH Sullivan, Co InvestigatorDr JH Sullivan

Professor MF Webster, Co InvestigatorProfessor MF Webster

Dr G Williams, Co InvestigatorDr G Williams

Professor PR Williams, Co InvestigatorProfessor PR Williams

Scheme

Standard Research

Research Areas

Solar technology Solar technology

Optoelectronic Devices and Circuits Optoelectronic Devices and Circuits

Materials For Energy Applications Materials For Energy Applications

Collaborators

Welsh Government Welsh Government

Vale Limited Vale Limited

Swansea University Swansea University

Pilkington Glass Pilkington Glass

PerkinElmer Ltd PerkinElmer Ltd

National Grid National Grid

Johnson Matthey Technology Centre Johnson Matthey Technology Centre

Innovia films Innovia films

Energy Technologies Institute Energy Technologies Institute

CPI Ltd CPI Ltd

Corus Colors Corus Colors

Becker Industrial Coatings Ltd Becker Industrial Coatings Ltd

BASF AG BASF AG

Asahi Photoproducts UK Ltd Asahi Photoproducts UK Ltd

Arup Group Ltd Arup Group Ltd

Akzo Nobel Akzo Nobel

Start Date

04/2011

End Date

03/2016

Value

£5,012,105

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Grant Description

Summary and Description of the grant

In the UK there are more than four billion square metres of roofs and facades forming the building envelope. Most of this could potentially be used for harvesting solar energy and yet it covers less than 1.8 % of the UK land area. The shared vision for SPECIFIC is develop affordable large area solar collectors which can replace standard roofs and generate over one third of the UK's total target renewable energy by 2020 (10.8 GW peak and 19 TWh) reducing CO2 output by 6 million tonnes per year. This will be achieved with an annual production of 20 million m2 by 2020 equating to less than 0.5% of the available roof and wall area. SPECIFIC will realise this by quickly developing practical functional coated materials on metals and glass that can be manufactured by industry in large volumes to produce, store and release energy at point of use. These products will be suitable for fitting on both new and existing buildings which is important since 50% of the UKs current CO2 emissions come from the built environment.The key focus for SPECIFIC will be to accelerate the commercialisation of IP, knowledge and expertise held between the University partners (Swansea, ICL, Bath, Glyndwr, and Bangor) and UK based industry in three key areas of electricity generation from solar energy (photovoltaics), heat generation (solar thermal) and storage/controlled release. The combination of functionality will be achieved through applying functional coatings to metal and glass surfaces. Critical to this success is the active involvement in the Centre of the steel giant Corus/Tata and the glass manufacturer Pilkington. These two materials dominate the facings of the building stock and are surfaces which can be engineered. In addition major chemical companies (BASF and Akzo Nobel as two examples) and specialist suppliers to the emerging PV industry (e.g. Dyesol) are involved in the project giving it both academic depth and industrial relevance. To maximise open innovation colleagues from industry will be based SPECIFIC some permanently and some part time. SPECIFIC Technologists will also have secondments to partner University and Industry research and development facilities.SPECIFIC will combine three thriving research groups at Swansea with an equipment armoury of some 3.9m into one shared facility. SPECIFIC has also been supported with an equipment grant of 1.2 million from the Welsh Assembly Government. This will be used to build a dedicated modular roll to roll coating facility with a variety of coating and curing functions which can be used to scale up and trial successful technology at the pre-industrial scale. This facility will be run and operated by three experienced line technicians on secondment from industry. The modular coating line compliments equipment at Glyndwr for scaling up conducting oxide deposition, at CPi for barrier film development and at Pilkington for continuous application of materials to float glass giving the grouping unrivalled capability in functional coating. SPECIFIC is a unique business opportunity bridging a technology gap, delivering affordable novel macro-scale micro-generation, making a major contribution to UK renewable energy targets and creating a new export opportunity for off grid power in the developing world. It will ultimately generate thousands high technology jobs within a green manufacturing sector, creating a sustainable international centre of excellence in functional coatings where multi-sector applications are developed for next generation manufacturing.

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Grant Event Details:
Name: Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings - SPECIFIC - EP/I019278/1
Start Date: 2011-04-01T00:00:00+00:00
End Date: 2016-03-31T00:00:00+00:00

Organization: Swansea University

Description: In the UK there are more than four billion square metres of roofs and facades forming the building envelope. Most of this could potentially be used for harvesting solar energy and yet it covers less than 1.8 % of the UK land area. The shared vision for SPE ...