Scots pioneers make waves

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A SCOTTISH renewable energy company claimed a world first yesterday by selling a commercial-scale wave power machine.

Inverness-based Wavegen sold an array of 16 turbines to the Basque Energy Board in Spain for £1 million. The firm said previous devices sold around the world had only been small-scale demonstrator projects.

Chief executive Matthew Seed said: “This milestone demonstrates just how far the industry has developed. We are delighted to have developed the first wave power plant to be sold on a commercial basis.”

Wavegen, which was founded in 1990, was bought in 2005 by German duo Siemens and Voith.