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First of its kind: Energy storage system for tidal energy project

Innovation Tidal

A Scottish renewable energy company has connected its tidal energy project with a Tesla made battery, in Shetland.

Nova Innovation, headquarters in Edinburgh, said the move has delivered the world’s first grid-connected baseload, tidal power station which can predictably provide similar generation as traditional nuclear or coal-fired stations.

“The predictability of the tide and the six-hour generation cycle times make it the perfect partner for energy storage,”  Simon Forrest, chief executive at Nova Innovation, said. linking tidal power with energy storage improves security of supply, reduces carbon emissions and helps to balance electricity supply and demand.

“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.” Forrest added.

The project has bagged funding from the Scottish government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCIPT). The programme, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is accelerating the development and delivery of low-carbon infrastructure projects across Scotland.

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.”