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Cornwall marine energy site near Wave Hub gets 5m

Wave Hub Project
Wave-produced energy will be sent to the mainland via the Wave Hub

A new marine energy business park in Cornwall has received a £5m boost from the government.

The South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) has secured the funding to build a new bridge, road and flood protection works at Hayle.

The £13m renewable business park next to an old power station is expected to support 190 jobs.

It will complement the £42m Wave Hub test site for marine energy 10 miles (16km) off the north Cornwall coast.

The Wave Hub, a giant electrical socket on the seabed, will feed power from wave energy machines to the mainland at Hayle.

It is expected to be operational in 2011 and could create more than 1,800 jobs, the SWRDA said.

When completed it will have an initial maximum capacity of 20 megawatts, enough electricity to power about 7,000 homes but has been designed with the potential to scale up to 50 megawatts.

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