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Edinburgh set for new wave test facility

FloWave TT test facility section
Image caption The facility will feature a test tank which can mimic coastline conditions around Europe

A £9.5m wave and current test facility is being built in Scotland to help research and development of marine energy devices.

The facility in Edinburgh will be able to mimic the normal and extreme conditions of coastlines around Europe.

It will simulate combinations of waves of up to 28m (91.9ft) high and currents of up to 12 knots.

The project will be managed by FloWave TT, a not-for-profit subsidiary of the University of Edinburgh.

The test tank is being built at the university's King's Buildings campus.

It will be suitable for testing of submersible devices, remotely operated vehicles, offshore wind installation and service vessels and other marine tools.

The facility, which is being funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the University of Edinburgh, is scheduled to come on-stream in summer 2013.

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

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