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March 2, 2022

Swansea gets Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Revolutionary Renewable Energy Technology

Swansea UniversitySwansea University received a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of its Materials Science and Engineering research. Awarded every two years, the prize recognises a UK university’s innovative and globally impactful work.

Under the work of SPECIFIC, Swansea University has revolutionised renewable energy technologies and is at the forefront of solar electricity, heat generation and storage research. Established in 2011, SPECIFIC is an academic and industrial consortium that develops efficient, low-cost photovoltaic technologies that convert solar energy into electricity.  Lead by Professor Dave Worsley, SPECFIC’s achievements include:

  • The depositing of the world’s first dye-sensitised solar cell d onto a steel substrate—a critical enabler to large-scale manufacture of building-integrated photovoltaics
  • The UK’s first energy positive classroom demonstrating that solar energy can power and heat buildings
  • Collaborative projects with 211 businesses and 128 research and academic partners in 17 countries


Presented by HRH The Prince of Wales, Swansea University’s Chancellor Professor Dame Jean Thomas, Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle and Head of Materials Science and Engineering, Professor Dave Worsley, accepted the prize.

In response to the award, Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University, Professor Paul Boyle, commented: “We are delighted that Swansea University is a recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, a highly prestigious national honour that recognises the exceptional work of our researchers in materials science and engineering. This award acknowledges the power of our local, national, and international partnerships, as we work together to transform the construction industry, tackle fuel poverty and drive Wales and the world’s transition towards net zero.”

Find out more about SPECIFIC’s research and the revolutionary technologies being developed by Material Science and Engineering.

If you want to become part of Swansea University’s community, which is working to make a global impact, apply for postgraduate study at Swansea University today.

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Content added on 2nd March 2022. 

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