Scottish tidal energy project secures £1.85m

An energy company has been awarded funding worth £1.85 million by the Scottish Government to create a bank of tidal turbines off the Shetland coast. Nova Innovation is set to […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

An energy company has been awarded funding worth £1.85 million by the Scottish Government to create a bank of tidal turbines off the Shetland coast.

Nova Innovation is set to build the Shetland Tidal Array, which includes five 100KW tidal turbines in the Bluemull Sound site that will power the equivalent of 300 homes. It will partner with Belgium firm ELSA to complete the project.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “ELSA’s decision to invest in Scotland is a testament to the confidence felt by international investors to help develop the huge wave and tidal energy resources from the waters around the Scottish coast.

“The Scottish Government and its agencies will do everything we can to ensure Scotland benefits from the significant economic opportunities the renewable industry presents.”

The project will be developed in two phases, with the first three devices scheduled for completion by the end of next year.