Marine facility wins industry prize

University marine energy facility FloWave has been recognised with an industry prize.

The FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility has secured the Best Innovation prize at this year’s Scottish Renewables Green Energy Awards.

The world-leading ocean energy test facility landed the prestigious award at a ceremony held in Edinburgh last night (Thursday 27 November).

Industry recognition

The Scottish Renewables Green Energy Awards aim to highlight business development, growth, investment, and innovation in the renewable energy sector.

This award is a tremendous accolade for FloWave in its first year of operation. It gives well-deserved recognition of the collective effort of many dedicated professional engineers and academics whose combined vision and effort over a number of years has allowed this unique concept for an ocean test facility to come to fruition.

Stuart BrownChief Executive Officer of FloWave

As well as winning the Best Innovation award, the FloWave facility was also shortlisted in the Engineering Excellence category.

World-class facility

The FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility is a world-class testing facility for marine energy devices.

Its circular pool, 25 metres across and two metres deep, can recreate waves and currents from coastlines around the UK, Europe and beyond.

The facility can simulate scale version equivalents of waves up to 28 metres high and currents of up to 14 knots, using 2.4 million litres of water.

Researchers and industrial partners can use the facility to develop and refine full-scale devices.

This accelerated development should help bring clean energy products to market more quickly and cost-effectively, at lower risk.

The £9.5 million FloWave facility was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the University.

Congratulations to the FloWave team on their well-deserved win at the Scottish Green Energy Awards. This is a worthy accolade befitting a world-class facility, and we look forward to seeing FloWave build on its success in the months and years ahead.

Professor Sir Timothy O' SheaPrincipal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh