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Scotland gives marine test centre £2.5 million boost

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The Scottish Government will give the Orkney’s European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) a £2.5 million funding increase, announced First Minister Alex Salmond earlier this week

The investment will strengthen the centre’s cutting-edge research and reinforce Scotland’s reputation in marine energy, he said at an energy event in Frankfurt.

The £2.5 million in funds will support new infrastructure for wave and tidal test sites and two new posts at the centre.

“This investment will ensure this world-leading facility continues to capitalise on Scotland’s rich natural resources,” he said.

Later this week, Salmond will switch on the world’s first large scale near-shore hydroelectric wave energy device, Aquamarine Power’s Oyster technology, at EMEC for testing.

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