Shetland Tidal Array, Scotland
Nova Innovation deployed the world’s first fully-operational, grid-connected offshore tidal energy array, at Bluemull Sound in Shetland.
The first Nova M100 turbine was deployed at the site in March 2016, and the second was deployed in August 2016, making this the first offshore tidal array in the world to deliver electricity to the grid. A third turbine was added to the array in early 2017.
Belgian renewable energy developer ELSA partnered with Nova Innovation on the Shetland Tidal Array. This pan-European partnership has enabled the delivery of a successful project that showcases the best in European co-operation.
With support from Scottish Enterprise, the project has 100% European content and has been delivered with over 80% Scottish supply chain content, demonstrating Nova’s commitment to local supply chain engagement.
Under the EnFAIT project, the array will be extended from three to six turbines, with a total rated capacity of 600kW.