Wave power platform to be tested

A renewable energy device that creates power from the rising and falling of ocean waves is to be tested off the coast of East Anglia.

A device, a platform raised above the sea level with floaters at the end of pistons resting on the surface rising and falling with the waves, has been developed by Trident Energy.

No solid date has been set for the testing though spokeswoman Kate Hill said the prototype would be tested in autumn.

Ms Hill told the Eastern Daily Press: "Trident is looking to develop a marine renewable energy system and this machine uses quite simple technology. It has one moving part which sits on the sea and generates electricity from the movement of the waves."

It is estimated that if the technology were deployed over a half mile square area, it could generate enough electricity for 60,000 homes.

Wave power is among the forms of renewable energy generation that could help the UK meet the target of 15 per cent of all energy being renewable by 2020.

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