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01.11.2018, 15:46

The Holy Grail of Baseload Tidal Power

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Scottish cleantech company Nova Innovation announces the integration of its tidal energy array with Tesla battery storage. The Tesla Powerpack was successfully integrated with Nova’s existing tidal array, delivering the world’s first grid-connected ‘baseload’ tidal power station.
 
 
Since the start of October, the grid has been supplied by Nova’s Tidal Energy Storage System (TESS) demonstrator, which integrates Nova Innovation’s Shetland Tidal Array with Tesla ’s battery technology to provide clean power ‘on demand’.
 
 
Simon Forrest, CEO at Nova Innovation, said: “By storing the clean energy generated by the natural ebb and flow of the tide, we can control the supply of electricity to the grid to match demand. This creates a consistent source of completely predictable power from a clean, sustainable resource.
 
“Nova’s expertise in smart grid control, renewable generation and energy storage has delivered this game-changing innovation. We now look forward to expanding our services to other markets and renewable projects.”
 
 
Linking tidal power with energy storage improves security of supply, reduces carbon emissions and helps to balance electricity supply and demand. The predictability of the tide and the six-hour generation cycle times make it the perfect partner for energy storage.
 
 
The project has secured funding from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme. The programme, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, is accelerating the development and delivery of low-carbon infrastructure projects across Scotland.
 
 
Scotland's Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said:
 
“Nova Innovation are a dynamic Scottish company with exciting technology and, of course, they can and should be rightly proud of having developed the World’s first tidal array at Bluemull Sound, Shetland.
 
“Now, with the support of £272,606 of Scottish Government funding, this already successful project will also allow for the deployment of additional tidal devices, expanding the generating capacity of the Nova Innovation Shetland Tidal Array.
 
“This project will utilise both renewable tidal technology and battery storage from one of the World’s pioneers of battery storage, Tesla, to overcome the challenges of current grid constraints and to enable the improved, uninterrupted, provision of low carbon energy not only in Shetland but in other small island communities across Scotland. Crucially, however, by undertaking this work in Scotland, we can also play a key role in helping inform the sustainable decarbonisation of energy for communities across the World.”
 
 
The project also has the support of leading environmental charities because of its impact on reducing carbon-intensive energy production.
 
 
Sam Gardner, Acting Director of WWF Scotland said: “Predictable renewable power and smart storage working in harmony is the holy grail of the transition to a renewable electricity system.
 
“It’s great that the Scottish Government has backed this project and we hope it inspires politicians and others with the confidence to provide further support for ground-breaking technologies to cut climate pollution.”
 
 
Nuclear and coal energy have long been promoted because of their ability to deliver baseload generation – steady, constant power. Nova Innovation’s game-changing technology means that, as it is scaled up to hundreds of megawatts in the coming years, baseload tidal power has the ability to displace nuclear and coal generation.
 
 
​Visit www.novainnovation.com/TESS for additional information. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nova Innovation

About Nova Innovation

The technology needed to generate clean, predictable and affordable electricity using the ebb and flow of tides is rapidly developing, and there is growing worldwide interest in this emerging renewable energy sector. Nova Innovation is a leading tidal energy industry player headquartered in Edinburgh. We design, build and operate tidal energy devices, and we develop sites for arrays of tidal turbines. We are passionate about having a cleaner environment and reducing the need for fossil fuels, for current and future generations. And we are committed to engage with and source from local supply chains: we believe that the resources and expertise of coastal communities will make a major contribution to the success of tidal power. Our aim is to be the world’s leading tidal energy technology company. Drawing on past lessons from the wind power sector, we strongly believe that the way to achieve this is to demonstrate commercial devices at a relatively small (sub-megawatt) scale, then scale up in size as the technology is proven: start small, think big, move fast. Founded in 2010, Nova has grown rapidly over the last few years: now employing over 30 staff. In 2013, Ian Marchant joined the company's board as Chairman; Ian is former CEO of Scottish and Southern Energy, one of the UK’s largest utility companies. The strength of the team and our capability is demonstrated by our successful deployment of the world’s first offshore tidal array: in recognition of which Nova won the Judges Award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards 2016. We were also a regional winner in the Shell Springboard 2017 awards for low-carbon innovation. In addition to further UK opportunities, we have received interest from around the world for our technology, including Canada, France and Asia. Along with recent substantial project funding wins, this promises a very exciting future for our company. We have plans for significant further growth. Visit www.novainnovation.com to learn more.

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