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U.K. marine energy developer moving to Isle of Wight

Wave power developer Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) has relocated its offices and workshops from London to the north coast on the Isle of Wight, has learned.

SME said the move came after it determined the Isle of Wight has the support system it needs to continue developing its tidal energy turbine platform, PLAT-O.

PLAT-O is being designed to reduce installation and maintenance costs compared with other hydrokinetic devices, SME said, and will be built with the assistance of area businesses.

"We are looking forward to making a real contribution to the local community by helping to provide cost-efficient and green electricity generated using our PLAT-O devices," SME managing director Jason Hayman said.

The company is preparing a sea trial off the Isle of Wight's west coast near Yarmouth Harbour, with further testing near East Cowes pending. reported in March 2012 that the Isle of Wight Council was hoping to develop a multi-million dollar hydrokinetic testing site.

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