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UK creates waves at renewables test centre

Europe’s largest scientific wave machine has started operation at the UK’s New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) at Blyth, Northumberland. The centre, built to form the foundation for ‘wet renewables’ development in the UK, also boasts a subsea test facility, a tidal stream test area and a current flow tank: marine development facilities which comprise Euro-Sea Engineering Solutions and Testing (EEST).

NaREC is being developed with a US$16M grant from the regional development agency, One NorthEast, as part of the Strategy for Success programme. The programme aims to boost the area’s economic prospects by exploiting its research and technology base. NaREC’s main purpose is to provide facilities to accelerate the research and development of renewable energy technologies through to commercial use. This will be achieved by collaboration with the region’s universities and industry.
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