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Reference Number EP/K503228/1
Title COATED: Centre Of Advanced Training for Engineering Doctorates
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 30%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Solar heating and cooling (including daylighting)) 30%;
Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 30%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 10%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 80%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 20%;
Principal Investigator Dr JH Sullivan
No email address given
Swansea University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2012
End Date 31 March 2019
Duration 78 months
Total Grant Value £886,741
Industrial Sectors Manufacturing
Region Wales
Programme Manufacturing : Manufacturing
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr JH Sullivan , Engineering, Swansea University (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr D Penney , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , AB Sandvik, Sweden (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Oxford (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Bath (0.000%)
Project Contact , BASF AG, Germany (0.000%)
Project Contact , LUX-TSI (0.000%)
Project Contact , EM Coatings (0.000%)
Project Contact , Tata Group UK (0.000%)
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Abstract Swansea University is the host for the EPSRC/TSB funded Innovation and Knowledge centre, the Sustainable ProductEngineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings (SPECIFIC). The SPECIFIC IKC has ambitious targets tocreate a new billion pound industry sector built on the principle of buildings as power-stations. The core collaborativepartners include leading UK research institutes (e.g. ICL and Bath Universities) and internationally leading industry groups(e.g. Tata, BASF and Pilkington). Critically, the IKC is established after 9 months of operation in a purpose designed facilityincluding state of the art labs and scale up facilities (a pilot production line) with industry and academic team membersworking together in a true open innovation model. Having established the centre and the core partnerships it is clear that todeliver the ambitious targets and create the new UK lead industry in functionally coated construction products the key finalingredient is the people. Whilst the existing team funded by EPSRC, TSB, the University and Industry is quite small (19people in totality) the IKC is supported by a larger cohort of research students (currently 32 funded largely through ESFsources). It is this critical mass of young, enthusiastic, open minded individuals that catalyses the atmosphere and initialsuccesses of the IKC. It is the aim for COATED that we can build on this initial momentum and support three entries ofseven EngD students onto a new EngD programme based entirely on functional coatings. We have secured the support ofthe Welsh European funding office (WEFO) and Swansea University for one third of the funds. Our industry partners havecommitted one third of the funds and as such we feel the proposal represents good economic value to EPSRC. ThisEPSRC funding will be critical in enabling research partnerships with universities outside Wales (such as ICL, Bath andOxford) and with international companies with a UK footprint who are not based in the Principality. In addition, theseresearch engineers upon graduation will form a critical pillar of a knowledge transfer mechanism into the new industrysector. This proposal builds on the long term innovative and successful EngD programmes run at Swansea on SteelTechnology introducing a new dimension of UK wide collaboration and with a clear focus on value creation for the UKeconomy.COATED represents an important expansion of EngD activity at Swansea and underpins the success of the IKC. Theambitions of the SPECIFIC IKC to deliver new technology, jobs and wealth creation can only be realised with the mix ofexperienced Technology Transfer Fellows, engaged industry and academic partners (provided through the IKC) and acontinued supply of open minded enthusiastic researchers that COATED can offer. A key new development will be theengagement with Oxford, Bath and Imperial at EngD level as this will bring cluster activity within those institutions wherecurrently SPECIFIC has a single postdoctoral researcher. In addition, the EPSRC funding will allow for collaboration withcompanies across the UK and with multinational partners with a UK footprint. A key output from COATED alongside thetechnological and scientific innovations will be the people who will form part of the emerging new industry creating buildingsthat are power-stations. The alignment of Welsh Government, Industry and EPSRC that this programme offers will deliverthese benefits with minimal financial contribution and could be an important model for how the funding organisations can work successfully together in the future to deliver value to the UK economy
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