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Nova Innovation's tidal turbine is installed at Bluemull Sound, Shetland as part of the EnFAIT project.

Intro

The tidal stream industry has made significant progress in the past decade. Recent research points to its potential to boost the UK’s economy by £1.4bn, adding 4000 jobs and supporting coastal communities in need of economic regeneration. But developers are still proving their technology, and there remains work to be done before the sector becomes cost-competitive with other forms of renewables generation.

 

The EnFAIT Project

Nova Innovation is one of the firms leading the charge for tidal energy. The game-changing Edinburgh firm scored a world-first in 2016 with its three-turbine Shetland Array, a project delivered with 80% Scottish supply chain content, and is now the lead partner in the £20.2m European project Enabling Future Arrays in Tidal (EnFAIT).

 

This partnership working has really helped us drive down the cost of the operations and maintenance of our array and is a key factor in our success – Patrick Ross-Smith, Nova Innovation

Rapid Development

As well as adding another three turbines to the Shetland Array, making it the largest tidal array in the world, EnFAIT will reposition the turbines to explore the optimum layout for the array to operate most efficiently. The Catapult’s role involves the use of industry-leading computer modelling software to demonstrate that the project could reduce the cost of tidal energy by 40% – work that paves the way for rapid development in the sector.

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