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A new cut-price wave energy device that could help power homes and businesses is being developed by experts at a Scottish university.
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have been working with institutions in Italy to come up with the renewable energy system.
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They say their design is cheaper than more conventional alternatives, is made of durable materials and has fewer moving parts.
Small-scale experiments in an ocean simulator have indicated a single full-sized device could generate the equivalent of 500 kilowatts of electricity – about enough to power 100 homes.
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Professor David Ingram, of the University of Edinburgh's School of Engineering, who took part in the study, said: 'Wave energy is a potentially valuable resource around Scotland's coastline and developing systems that harness this could play a valuable role in producing clean energy for future generations.'
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The team hopes their design could take the place of conventional wave power generators, which have complex systems and expensive moving parts.
The device costs less than conventional designs, has fewer moving parts and is made of durable materials.
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It is made to be incorporated into existing ocean energy systems and can convert wave power into electricity.
Professor Ingram's team, which includes colleagues in Italy, say it could be...
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