The UK Department of Energy funded research into wave energy between 1974 and 1983 under its Wave Energy Programme. The programme’s goals were to assess the feasibility and cost of energy of wave generated electricity for the UK grid. The benchmark used was a 2GW installation off South Uist. Several device teams were funded including the Edinburgh Wave Power Project which developed the Edinburgh Duck. There were also thematic projects called Technical Advisory Groups. The themes were resource, structural loading, mooring and anchoring, generation and transmission, and environmental impact.

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