A new era in tidal energy is exemplified by the first tidal powered turbines activated in Scotland that deliver electricity to a grid through a 1 kilometer submersive sea cable. The turbines are installed in the Bluemull Sound in Scotland and have the capacity to power 300 homes on the islands.
Tidal energy is a form of hydropower that converts the energy of the tides into electricity or other useful forms of power. Tidal energy is produced through the use of tidal energy generators. Large underwater turbines are placed in areas with high tidal movements, and are designed to capture the kinetic motion of the ebbing and surging of ocean tides in order to produce electricity.
Tidal power has great potential for future power and electricity generation because of the massive size of the oceans. Plus, one of the benefits of the tidal power turbines is there’s predictability . . . the turbines can generate to full power across all tidal conditions.
The offshore tidal turbines were set-up by Nova Innovation and owned by the North Yell Development Council. The two turbines are the first to form part of the Shetland Tidal Array and were in part made by a local company called Shetland Composites.