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Marine research centre opens in Edinburgh

What an amazing new facility for the city to have, is what staff members at Car Hire Edinburgh Airport think. 

A marine research facility has opened in Edinburgh, at a cost of £10.5 million with the world’s most sophisticated tide and wave simulator. The FloWave Research Facility, opened very recently by new Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd, is now on the lookout for marine energy developers wanting to make use of the 25-metre circular pool capable of simulating 28-metre high waves.

The new resource was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the University of Edinburgh and Scottish Enterprise. The UK wave and tidal power industry is evolving, with FloWave having the capacity to harness this change.

FloWave chief executive officer Stuart Brown said, “We believe FloWave will help accelerate learning, improve performance and reduce costs for developers, and we expect FloWave will be used to test wave and tidal energy converters, floating offshore wind platforms, and specialist vessels to install and maintain offshore projects.”

Amber Rudd 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 officially open and see first-hand FloWave’s new cutting-edge marine energy testing facility at the University of Edinburgh. Testing devices in realistic ocean conditions is essential for driving this industry forward to commercial success.”