Shetland has been at the forefront of tidal energy developments for several years, ever since Nova Innovation developed the world’s first tidal array in the islands in 2016.
Six years on, Nova is pressing ahead with new plans to develop their largest tidal energy array yet – a 15MW development in Yell Sound between the islands of Yell and Bigga.
Nova’s initial Shetland project was created in Bluemull Sound between the islands of Yell and Unst – transforming the raw power of the North Atlantic into clean energy to power homes and businesses in Shetland.
A further development came in March 2021 when an electric vehicle charging point was installed at Cullivoe Harbour in Yell, powered by Nova’s turbines. It is thought to be first charging point powered solely by tidal energy.
The firm has now been granted a licence to develop its largest tidal array yet, in Shetland waters.