Tidal energy project on remote North Welsh island secures £1.2m funding

The project is claimed to turn Bardsey Island into the world’s first ‘blue energy’ island which could be entirely powered by wave energy

A tidal energy project on a remote island in North Wales has secured £1.2 million funding from the Welsh Government.

Bardsey Island, which currently relies on diesel to power its buildings, is claimed to become the world’s first ‘blue energy’ island, as it will be entirely powered by wave energy once the project is completed.

The tidal energy company Nova Innovation plans to install initially five 100kW turbines on the seabed.

The company conducted environmental monitoring with surveys of marine birds and mammals and the deployment of underwater cameras and found the technology has no negative effects on marine wildlife.

Welsh Government Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths said: “Wales was at the forefront of the first industrial revolution and through projects like this, we can play a leading role in the green industrial revolution that is happening today.”

Simon Forrest, Nova’s Chief Executive, said: “Our tidal turbines have been powering the Shetland Islands grid for over four years and we look forward to helping drive the blue economy in North Wales.”

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