Eco-devices tested at new wave energy lab
A university's state-of-the-art ocean tank, to test wave energy, is already proving successful in the design of renewable energy machines.
This week Plymouth University's £19 million Marine Building at North Cross in the city played host to its fourth wave energy experiment in the six months since it opened.
Plymouth-based company Sea Wave Energy Ltd spent two days testing a prototype of a device it hopes will not only generate electricity from waves but work as a cheap desalination plant for areas where fresh water is scarce.
Dr Stuart Stripling, scientific manager at the Coastal Ocean and Sediment Transport (COaST) laboratories in the Marine Building, said another two organisations were expected to test their devices in Plymouth this spring.
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"This facility is world-leading in its ability to deal with the development of marine renewables," Dr Stripling said.
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh formally opened the building last October.
The device tested yesterday in the 35-metre ocean wave basin is dubbed the Waveline Magnet, and was designed by Adamos Zakheos.
A smaller version has already been tested in the sea in Cyprus, monitored by scientists from Exeter University.
Students are also carrying out their own experiments in the laboratories' wave tanks.