One of three new science networks launching today will focus on materials and engineering. It aims to carry out research that could have applications in manufacturing.
One area of research for the network, based at Swansea University, will be solar technology. Different materials that could be used to coat buildings to harness solar energy, instead of using solar panels, are already being discussed.
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A cold, crisp start to the day with lots of winter sunshine. Cloud will thicken from the west during the afternoon and winds will increase.
Clear skies this evening and overnight will allow for a widespread frost. A cold, crisp and bright start to Friday.
L/Cpl Joshua Leakey, 27, says he is an "average bloke" despite receiving the highest military honour for astonishing bravery in Afghanistan.