Nova Innovation, a global leader in tidal energy generation, has deployed the world’s first fully-operational, commercial, grid-connected offshore tidal array in Shetland.
The second in a series of three 100 kW turbines was deployed alongside the first turbine in August 2016, making this the first offshore tidal array in the world to deliver electricity to the grid.
Nova's success heralds a new era for tidal energy as a long-term source of predictable renewable power (unlike other forms of renewable energy).
The Scottish tidal energy specialist installed the first Nova M-100 turbine in the Bluemull Sound, Shetland in March 2016. The device has been generating to full power across all tidal conditions.
Nova Innovation has been at the forefront of tidal energy technology development and was the first company to secure financial close on a commercial tidal array.
Its business strategy in developing its commercial scale devices has enabled it to sell and deliver projects quickly and more cost effectively than its competitors.
This commercially focussed approach attracted the attention of Belgian renewable energy leader ELSA to partner 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.
The project has 100% EU content and has been delivered with over 80% Scottish supply chain content, demonstrating Nova’s commitment to local supply chain engagement.
Simon Forrest, Managing Director of Nova Innovation said: “We are absolutely delighted to be the first company in the world to deploy a fully operational tidal array.”
He added: “Deploying the second turbine truly sets us apart and showcases our technology. I would like to thank all our staff, partners and suppliers for helping to make our vision a reality.”
The UK Carbon Trust estimates a global tidal energy market of £126 billion could be developed by 2050.
Through this technological breakthrough, Nova Innovation has positioned itself as a market leader and is uniquely placed to capitalise on this high-growth renewable sector.