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‘Virtu’ part of a suite of pioneering technologies at the Active Office at Specific

June 19th, 2018

Naked Energy is proud to be part of the Active Office, which will be the UK’s first energy positive office – designed to generate more solar energy than it needs over the annual cycle.




Located at Swansea University’s Bay Campus, the Active Office will be manufactured using cutting edge off-site manufacturing techniques and incorporate a range of innovative technologies to generate, store and release solar energy.


Virtu has been integrated in to the vertical South facing facade to optimise winter yield for space heating, whilst simultaneously producing electricity.  Virtu utilises vacuum technology to improve thermal performance throughout the yield and is especially effective in temperate climates like the UK.  This project represents the first public project for the company.


The building will be linked to, and able to share energy with, the Active Classroom. The UK’s first energy positive classroom was completed in autumn 2016 and has been operating for a year.


Together the solar-powered buildings provide functional teaching and office spaces, as well as building-scale development facilities for SPECIFIC Innovation & Knowledge Centre and its industry partners.



Key features of the Active Office

  1. The UK’s first energy positive office– with the energy profile of an occupied office
  2. A unique combination of technologies for the generation, storage and release of solar energy – both heat and electricity
  3. Repeatable design
  4. Connected– it will be connected to the Active Classroom, and able to share energy between the buildings and with electric vehicles – demonstrating how the design concept can support energy resilient communities


Here’s an excellent Blog link for the project


The project is lead by SPECIFIC Innovation & Knowledge Centre and has been funded by Swansea University, Innovate UK  & ERDF