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Bennetts unveil Edinburgh marine energy testing tank

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June 10 2014

Bennetts unveil Edinburgh marine energy testing tank
Bennetts Associates have completed a marine wave and tidal testing facility for the University of Edinburgh, designed to trial new renewable energy technologies in a controlled environment.

The £9.5m FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility can simulate waves up to 28m in height and currents of up to 14 knots in its 2.4m litre tank. These capabilities can be used to simulate a wide variety of coastal waters and opens up avenues for researchers and industry to develop a new generation of tidal energy converters, floating offshore wind platforms, and vessels to install and maintain offshore projects.

In addition to the 25 x 2m circular pool the complex also boasts a model workshop, office and meeting space all housed within a naturally ventilated and highly insulated structure.

Professor Philip Nelson, chief executive of project co-funders the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, 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.”

Mace served as project manager for the build with structural and service engineering services provided by Arup.
A ground floor plan for the unique build
A ground floor plan for the unique build

8 Comments

Robert
#1 Posted by Robert on 10 Jun 2014 at 15:06 PM
Cool facility. I hate to sound shallow, but what does it look like?
Sarah
#2 Posted by Sarah on 10 Jun 2014 at 15:55 PM
It's a big shed, not disimilar to a major supermarket chain, DIY Store.
Graeme
#3 Posted by Graeme on 12 Jun 2014 at 09:26 AM
I think Bennetts are really going to make a splash with this project!
Bell
#4 Posted by Bell on 13 Jun 2014 at 11:14 AM
lets not go overboard with the bad jokes here
Rem Koolbag
#5 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 13 Jun 2014 at 15:20 PM
I think Sarah in post #2 failed to sea the pun...
hingwy
#6 Posted by hingwy on 13 Jun 2014 at 15:39 PM
Oar no, knot this aegean
Jaws
#7 Posted by Jaws on 13 Jun 2014 at 16:14 PM
I refuse to go with the flo here...
Bell
#8 Posted by Bell on 13 Jun 2014 at 19:23 PM
oh comon, no more......its all water under the bridge

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