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FloWave gets Ministerial approval

Amber Rudd hails Edinburgh facility as 'essential' asset for marine sector

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New Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd has hailed the FloWave research centre in Scotland as an "essential" asset to help drive commercialisation in the marine energy sector.

She spoke during a visit to the recently-inaugurated £10.5m facility (pictured) at Edinburgh University’s King’s Buildings campus, which features a 25-metre circular pool that can re-create waves up to 28 metres high and currents of up to 14 knots.

Rudd watched as the tank was put through its paces and said: “Wave and tidal energy has an important part to play in our low carbon energy mix and the UK is already at the forefront of research and development in this innovative sector.

“It’s great to see first-hand FloWave’s new cutting-edge marine energy testing facility. Testing devices in realistic ocean conditions is essential for driving this industry forward to commercial success.”

The scheme was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the University of Edinburgh and Scottish Enterprise.

FloWave chief executive Stuart Brown added: “FloWave is unique in that it can re-create real sea conditions, combining waves and tides for almost any location or sea state in the world.

“Its circular design means waves have no reflections and both waves and currents can come from multiple directions, to accurately mimic the real ocean environment. We believe FloWave will help accelerate learning, improve performance and reduce costs for developers.”

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