Showcase session

Buildings as Powerstations: Delivering Clean Renewable Energy from the Built Environment

Houston: 28th October


Prof David Worsley

Professor David Worsely is Head of the Materials Research Centre within Swansea University’s College of Engineering, Director of the £7million Steel Training Research and innovation Partnership, and Research Director of the £20million SPECIFIC (Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings) project.

Professor Worsely’s research interests range from coatings used for corrosion protection to renewable energy generation and he has authored/co-authored over 100 publications on coated product development.

He holds two patents, is named inventor on two patents shared with an industry partner and has a fifth patent under consideration.

Professor Worsely has close links with industry and has worked with companies including Johnson Matthey, Astra Zeneca, Tata, BASF, Akzo Nobel, Dyesol and Vale INCO. Has a current grant portfolio of over £22 million from EPSRC, the Welsh Government  and industry partners.



SPECIFIC is an academic and industrial consortium led by Swansea University with Tata Steel as the main industrial partner and supported by the EPSRC, Technology Strategy Board, the Welsh Government, Pilkington Glass and BASF.

It aims to develop functional coated steel and glass products for roofs and walls that generate, store and release renewable energy - transforming buildings into power stations.

In its first two years SPECIFIC has developed a full pilot manufacturing facility to enable the manufacture of one square metre panels of functional coated materials such as glass, steel, aluminium, plasterboard or wood, which can be applied to buildings at demonstration scale.

It will be located on Swansea University's new Science and Innovation Campus which is due to open in September 2015.

Turning Everyday Buildings into Power Stations