Shetland tidal array delivers to grid

The world’s first offshore grid-connected tidal array has been deployed in Scotland.

Nova Innovation developed the fully-operational, commercial array which became the first in the world to deliver electricity to the grid, since adding the second 100kW turbine in a series of three.

The Scottish tidal energy specialist was the first company to secure financial close on a commercial tidal array and installed the first Nova M-100 turbine in March 2016. The second turbine was installed this month and so far, the device has been generating full power across all tidal conditions.

Nova Innovation Managing Director Simon Forrest said: “We are absolutely delighted to be the first company in the world to deploy a fully operational tidal array.

“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 firm partnered with renewable energy leader ELSA on the Shetland tidal array and used over 80 per cent Scottish supply chain content.

A global tidal energy market of £126 billion could be developed by 2050, according to the UK Carbon Trust.