Tidal array grid connection is world first

by Tom Morton -

Nova Innovation, one of the world leaders in tidal energy generation, has deployed the world’s first fully-operational, commercial, grid-connected offshore tidal array at its Bluemull Sound site between the Shetland isles of Yell and Unst.

The second in a series of three 100 kW turbines was deployed alongside the first turbine in August, making this the first offshore tidal array in the world to deliver electricity to the grid.

Nova's success heralds a new era for tidal energy as a long-term source of predictable renewable power.

A new era for tidal energy

The Scottish tidal energy specialist installed the first Nova M-100 turbine in the Bluemull Sound, Shetland in March 2016. The device has been generating to full power across all tidal conditions. Nova Innovation was the first company to secure financial close on a commercial tidal array. It attracted the attention of Belgian renewable energy leader ELSA to partner with Nova Innovation on the Shetland Tidal Array. This pan-European partnership has enabled the delivery of a successful project.

Simon Forrest, Managing Director of Nova Innovation said: “We are absolutely delighted to be the first company in the world to deploy a fully operational tidal array. Deploying the second turbine truly sets us apart and showcases our technology. I would like to thank all our staff, partners and suppliers for helping to make our vision a reality.”

The UK Carbon Trust estimates a global tidal energy market of £126 billion could be developed by 2050.

A global tidal energy market of £126 billion could be developed by 2050

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