A new £9.5m ($15m) wave and tidal energy centre is to be opened in Scotland.

Located at the University of Edinburgh, the All-Waters Combined Current and Wave Test Facility will feature a pool that will be able to simulate the varying wave conditions of coastlines around Europe.

The pool will mimic waves of up to 28m and currents reaching 12 knots, conditions which the university claims are currently unavailable to developers and engineers.

As well as testing devices to generate electricity, the pool will also be available for academic and industry research into the installation and maintenance of offshore wind farms.

The centre will be operated by FloWave, a not-for-profit organisation based at the university. Chief executive officer Stuart Brown said: “The FloWave facility will enable simulation of various open water conditions quickly and at large scales. This could considerably reduce development times and costs, and enable developers to bring their devices to market more quickly and with lower technical risk.”