Buildings as power stations

New technology promises to help buildings themselves generate and release electricity.

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Buildings that generate their own electricity?

A pioneering scheme has been launched near Port Talbot which could open up a new industry worth a billion pounds a year, and revolutionise the construction industry.

The scheme would see commercial buildings covered with coated steel or glass that generates its own electricity. £20m of public and private money is being spent on the project. It is hoped up to 10,000 jobs will be created across the UK. Esyllt Carr finds out more.