U.K. marine energy proving grounds to collaborate on wave and tidal energy

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A collaboration agreement will see two of the United Kingdom's marine energy testing facilities work together to support the development of the U.K.'s wave and tidal energy sector.

The agreement will see England's South West Marine Energy Park and Scotland's Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Energy Park join forces to share natural and business resources.

The Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) said the two parks will continue operating within its own geographic area, but that the agreement will provide a basis for the two parks to address common issues while encouraging business and research collaboration.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said in July 2012 that hydrokinetic energy could account for as much as 27 GW of power in the U.K. along by 2050, making it a $23.6 billion industry.

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