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Exeter and Plymouth share Horizon 2020 success

Plymouth University and the University of Exeter are part of a consortium that has secured a €17-million (£12.4m) grant from the European Commission to test a wave energy converter.

The five-year Clean Energy from Ocean Waves project is coordinated by Fortum, an energy company based in Finland. It also involves Uppsala University in Sweden and a group of marine engineering companies. The Horizon 2020 grant will go towards the project’s overall budget of €24.5 million.

The converter being examined in the project is the Penguin, designed by the Finnish firm Wello. It will be tested at Wave Hub, a test centre in Cornwall where Fortum has a lease on an area of sea.

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