UK spends on wave energy development

British energy minister Brian Wilson today announced funding worth UK£1.67m (euros 2.71m) to help build the world's first grid-connected offshore wave power station. The two megawatt capacity machine should begin operating somewhere off the coast of Scotland next summer. Its developer, Wavegen, has already developed the first grid-connected shoreline wave energy generator, also installed in Scotland. "Wave power has a huge part to play in our drive for renewable energy," said Mr Wilson. "I commit the government to doing all we can to encourage this process." See press release and Wavegen.

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