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07 Sep 2010 11:09:10

Wave Hub installed on Cornish sea bed



Wave Hub installed on Cornish sea bed
The Wave Hub socket has been successfully installed on the Cornish sea bed and is ready to undergo a series of tests this autumn.

It has been deployed as part of a £42 million project from the South West Regional Development Agency and as the world's largest test site for wave energy production will be able to connect to wave power devices and evaluate their performance.

Commenting on the development, UK climate change minister Greg Barker said: "The UK's massive marine energy resources have the potential to supply millions of homes with renewable power, giving us security of supply and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Wave Hub will fulfil a crucial role that complements our existing test facilities in the UK and will help companies bring forward the development of marine energy."

Maria McCaffery MBE, chief executive of Renewable UK, added that projects such as Wave Hub will be instrumental in rolling out the next generation of wave and tidal energy devices and ensuring that plentiful sea-powered energy is a reality in the next ten years.

According to the BBC, Ocean Power Technologies will be the first company to test its wave energy machines using the Wave Hub.
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