The UK’s first energy-positive classroom has been switched on in Swansea.
Built by Swansea University’s SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre, the Active Classroom generates, stores and releases its own solar energy.
Electricity is generated by a steel roof with integrated solar cells, supplied by SPECIFIC spin out company BIPVco. It is connected to two Aquion Energy saltwater batteries, which are being used in the UK for the first time and are capable of storing enough energy to power the building for two days.
Architect Jo Morgan said: “Some of the technology is new, but most is already available on the market and affordable. Whilst each product is in itself important, the real innovation is in the way they work together to generate, store and release energy.
“For us this project wasn’t just about showing that it works technically: it was also about working closely with our construction industry partners on a real project, developing skills and helping to bring low carbon buildings like this closer to market.”