Grid-connected tidal array makes waves

A second turbine has been installed at the world’s first grid-connected commercial offshore tidal array. Nova Innovation, a Scottish tidal energy specialist, installed the first 100KW turbine in the Bluemull […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A second turbine has been installed at the world’s first grid-connected commercial offshore tidal array.

Nova Innovation, a Scottish tidal energy specialist, installed the first 100KW turbine in the Bluemull Sound, Shetland in March 2016. It has just installed the second and plans to add a third in the near future.

The turbine already in place has been generating up to full power and working successfully in all tidal conditions.

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 offshore tidal array. Deploying the second turbine truly sets us apart and showcases our technology.”

The UK Carbon Trust estimates that by 2050, the global tidal energy market could be worth £126 billion.