Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation in world first

Published: 01 November 2018

A pioneering green energy project in the far north of Scotland has become the world’s first fully operational grid-connected ‘baseload’ tidal power station.

The move comes after tidal turbines in the sea off Shetland were integrated with cutting edge battery storage from international tech firm Tesla to enable a predictable supply of renewable energy to be fed into the network.

The 300-kilowatt scheme, owned by Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation, has produced 30 megawatt-hours of electricity since going online at the beginning of this month.

By undertaking this work in Scotland, we can also play a key role in helping inform the sustainable 
decarbonisation of energy for communities across the world...

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, The Scottish Government


The three-turbine array has the capacity to power around 200 homes, but the firm has plans to double the size of the scheme after securing £272,600 of Scottish Government funding.

Chief executive Simon Forrest said: “By storing the clean energy generated by the natural ebb and flow of the tide, we can control the supply of electricity to the grid to match demand. This creates a consistent source of completely predictable power from a clean, sustainable resource...”

Full story via The Scotsman news





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