Crown Estate looks to make waves with tidal lease

Nova Innovation’s Shetland Tidal Array started delivering electricity to the local grid in 2016 and now has a lease to 2041

By Priyanka Shrestha

Crown Estate Scotland has extended the lease for an offshore tidal energy array in the Shetland.

Nova Innovation’s Shetland Tidal Array in Bluemull Sound started delivering electricity to the local grid in 2016 and now has a lease to 2041.

The company plans to double the size of the array to six turbines by 2020, bringing total rated capacity to 600kW.

Mark McKean, Development Manager for Crown Estate Scotland, said: “With their ongoing work to further enhance the technology to be utilised at the Shetland site, Nova is demonstrating that tidal energy projects are truly coming of age.

“During the last 12 months we have witnessed a significant upturn in tidal energy deployments within Scottish waters.”