Tidal turbine project for Welsh ‘blue energy island’ (population: 11) gets £1.2m funding

Bardsey island

Cost per head: over £100,000. Four of the eleven (2019 data) even reside there in winter, when they should be able to enjoy the output of a turbine each with one to spare, in theory. The island is only one mile long.
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The Welsh island of Ynys Enlli could ditch its dependency on diesel to become the world’s first ‘blue energy island’ thanks to a new tidal energy project, reports the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Nova Innovation has secured an investment of £1.2m from the Welsh government through the European Regional Development Fund for its Enlli project in north Wales.

The installation will generate electricity from the natural ebb and flow of the tide between Ynys Enlli – also known as Bardsey Island – and the mainland of the Llŷn Peninsula.

Nova said the project could help the ‘Island in the Currents’ switch from a dependency on diesel generation to become the world’s first blue energy island.

The new funding will support the environmental consent and engineering design work. Nova plans to install five 100kW turbines on the seabed, with a view to install more turbines in the future.

Tidal energy is unique among renewable energy resources as it is predictable ahead of time, helping to meet and balance local demand.

The project provides an opportunity for local communities to power homes, businesses and vehicles using the power of the tide.

Full report here.

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November 14, 2020 at 01:09PM

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