The firm, behind the MeyGen tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth, said that via its joint venture Normandie Hydroliennes, it is teaming up with Alderney Electricity to supply the island of Alderney from the proposed demonstration tidal array in Raz Blanchard off the coast of Normandy, France.
We hope to make Alderney a flagship example of the ‘blue economy’ at work. We hope that this project will be a blueprint for other island nations around the world in due course...Tim Cornelius , Director, Simtec Atlantis
It added that access to new sources of energy supply for the island, such as the tidally generated power from the Normandie Hydroliennes array, is expected to help enable future economic growth without reliance on diesel.
Tim Cornelious of Atlantis added: “We subscribe to [Alderney Electricity’s] vision of not only seeking to provide security of supply for the island, but also using this project as a model for other island communities seeking to decarbonise and provide new opportunities for economic resilience..."