New energy centre set to make waves

A WAVE and current test centre which could benefit developers of marine energy devices is being built in the Capital.

The £9.5 million facility at Edinburgh University will be able to simulate conditions of coastlines around Europe.

A pool will mimic waves of up to 28m and currents reaching 12 knots, conditions said to be currently unavailable to developers and engineers.

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The project is being managed by FloWave TT, a not-for-profit subsidiary of the university.

The All-Waters Combined Current and Wave Test Facility will be built at King’s Buildings and is due to open in mid-2013.

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The facility is being funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the university.

EPSRC chief executive Dave Delpy said: “I am confident that this investment will provide a world-class facility that will bring benefit to UK science and help push forward renewable energy technologies.”