A Scottish marine energy testing facility is to become a fully integrated part of Edinburgh University – ensuring its continuation as a global centre of excellence in wave and tidal technologies.
The FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility – a 25-metre diameter tank that can recreate complex waves and fast currents – focuses on research, development and testing.
Built in 2014 as a standalone facility on the university’s King’s Buildings campus, FloWave is one of the country’s most used wave and tidal test facilities.
It has been used by a wide range of academic and commercial clients from home and abroad to recreate any ocean current in the world, enabled by the tank’s 360 degree symmetry and size.
Stuart Brown, FloWave Chief Executive, said: “Edinburgh University has an extraordinary pedigree in ocean energy research stretching back more than 40 years.
“By integrating FloWave into the School of Engineering, clients will be able to draw on the expertise of the School’s Institute for Energy Systems and the Institute for Materials and Processes. Both of these multi-disciplinary institutes are internationally recognised in research, development and innovation.”
Edinburgh University Professor Hugh McCann, said: “I am delighted to confirm that our School of Engineering will continue the research and development already under way in FloWave, furthering the School’s industry-leading innovation in the fields of wave and tidal technology.”