Energy collaboration

Tidal firms team up to call for Westminster support

Simon Forrest

Simon Forrest: huge opportunity

Nova Innovation and Atlantis Energy have entered a collaboration agreement aiming to deliver more UK-built tidal turbines.

Their initial focus is on the Atlantis-owned, developed and operated MeyGen site in the Pentland Firth which is the largest fully-consented and operational tidal stream site in the world with a potential capacity of nearly 400MW.

Nova operates the world’s first offshore tidal array, installed by Nova in Shetland in 2016.

Between the two companies, they have delivered over half of the tidal stream devices operational worldwide and are developing sites in the UK, Canada, Japan and France.

Both companies deploy subsea turbines which generate predictable, renewable power with no visual impact.

They say the MeyGen site has all the necessary consents to deploy a further 80MW of tidal power if it had a route to market.

Nova and Atlantis said they look forward to working with all stakeholders “to help unlock this exciting opportunity and see further Scottish-made turbines deployed at the world-leading site.”

Over the next 12 months, Nova’s turbines will be installed in North America and mainland Europe.

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