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5th December 2019

SCOTTISH tidal energy company Nova Innovation has won a contract to develop an innovative subsea electrical connector for Wave Energy Scotland.

To harness the immense power of our seas – from both tidal and wave energy – a reliable and cost-effective solution for subsea electrical connections is essential. Nova’s MECMate subsea connector is tailored to meet the demanding requirements of the marine energy environment.

Gary Connor, Nova's Engineering Director, said: 

“Our vision is for this subsea electrical connector to be used by clients in marine energy, offshore wind, oil & gas, and aquaculture.

“As a marine energy developer ourselves, we know the critical importance and value of developing a robust and cost-effective solution for the maritime economy.”

Nova is one of the few companies in the world to successfully install and operate marine energy devices, including the world’s first offshore tidal array in Shetland. The company is acutely aware of the gap in the market for this product.

Nova’s new wet-mate connector will enable marine devices to be installed quickly in a wide range of sea conditions. It builds on Nova’s dry-mate connector, used in all three of Nova’s turbines in the Shetland Tidal Array, which has proven 100% reliable through thousands of operating hours.

This contract award follows the industry leader shooting past their crowdfunding investment target and, having received such great interest in the opportunity, increasing the amount of equity to enable more investors to join their mission of generating sustainable energy from our seas.

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