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FloWave floats £38,000 prize

Edinburgh marine centre offers young pioneers chance of free week's testing

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The FloWave centre in Scotland is offering marine energy pioneers the chance to compete for a free week of testing worth £38,000.

The FPrize scheme is aimed at young researchers studying for PhDs and beyond, and will allow them to put their ideas through their paces at scale in the facility’s 25-metre tank (pictured).

FloWave chief executive Stuart Brown launched the initiative at the International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy event taking place this year in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

He said: “The INORE symposium attracts the very best young researchers from around the world and FPrize offers an unparalleled opportunity to test out their ideas for free at the world’s most sophisticated ocean energy research facility.

“We are particularly keen to see some innovative blue sky thinking from applicants, and for collaborative projects that really lead the way to a sustainable energy supply for the future.”

The FloWave centre, sited at Edinburgh University’s King’s Buildings campus, can re-create complex waves and fast currents for project sites around the UK, North America and beyond.

Applicants for FPrize must submit a two-page initial proposal no later than 31 January, 2015. Entries will be judged by a panel including FloWave, INORE and Edinburgh University, with the final decision announced next summer.

The tank will be available to the winner during July or August 2015. Full details will be published on the FloWave website on 1 December.

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