World : World's First Blue Energy Island in North Wales

Tidal energy company, Nova Innovation, has secured an investment of £1.2 million from the Welsh Government for its Enlli tidal energy project in north Wales. The Enlli project creates the opportunity to generate electricity from the natural ebb and flow of the tide between Ynys Enlli - 'The Island in the Currents' - and the mainland of the Llŷn Peninsula. It has the potential to help the 'Island in the Currents' switch from a dependency on diesel generation to become the world's first blue energy island. The funding provided by the Welsh Government, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will support the environmental consenting and engineering design work for this ground-breaking project. Award-winning Nova plans to install five 100 kW turbines on the seabed with a view to install more turbines in the future. In addition to developing a new source of clean energy, the £1.2 million investment creates opportunities for sustainable business and jobs for local people in the new low carbon economy.

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Smart Grid Bulletin October 2020

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