Giant tank for marine energy testing unveiled

Scotland has unveiled a large-scale testing tank that is set to make waves in the marine energy industry. Believed to be the first of its kind in the world, the […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Scotland has unveiled a large-scale testing tank that is set to make waves in the marine energy industry.

Believed to be the first of its kind in the world, the £9.5 million FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility at the University of Edinburgh can recreate waves and currents from coastlines across the UK, Europe and beyond.

The circular pool – 25 metres across and two metres deep – can simulate waves up to 28 metres high as well as tidal currents using 2.4 million litres of water. Its circular shape means waves have no reflections and can come from multiple directions to mimic stormy seas.

Copyright: FloWaveThe facility can be used to develop and refine full-scale devices such as wave and tidal energy converters, floating offshore wind platforms and vessels to install and maintain offshore projects.

Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) said: “EPSRC’s investment in the FloWave facility will help keep the UK at the forefront of marine energy technology research and development.

“Research here can accelerate the deployment of these technologies which, in turn, will help us meet our low carbon targets create jobs and boost growth.”