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Wave-Power Test Facility Installed in the Waters off the UK Coast

A new wave-power test facility has been installed off the Cornwall coast in southwest England, in an effort to facilitate developers such as Ocean Power Technologies Inc. to gain an understanding about the viability of the company’s equipment.

According to the South West England Regional Development Agency, the “Wave Hub” weighing 12 tons was lowered down into the waters at a depth of 180 feet (55 meters) and four cable lines were attached during the last two days. This hub will serve as a socket meant for devices that convert wave energy into electrical energy.

This project will thrust the U.K. to a leading position in the wave energy industry. Already, the U.K. develops 25% of the tidal and wave technologies of the world. It is estimated that the energy generated by tides and waves in the U.K. could supply power to 15 million homes by the year 2050 and generate 16,000 employment opportunities by the 2040s. The Wave Hub is placed off the Hayle’s coast. Having four berths, this $65 million (£42 million) project facilitates developers to test their wave-power equipment.

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