Photo: Nova Innovation's tidal turbine (Courtesy of Nova Innovation)

Nova Innovation secures £6.4M for mass manufacturing and distribution of tidal energy turbines

Tidal energy company Nova Innovation has secured £6.4 million from the Scottish National Investment Bank to fund mass manufacturing and distribution of its innovative tidal energy turbines.

Photo showing Nova Innovation's tidal turbine (Courtesy of Nova Innovation)
Nova Innovation’s tidal turbine (Courtesy of Nova Innovation)

The bank’s investment will support Nova in meeting growing global and local demand for its tidal turbines as the company plans to increase its presence across the UK and expand into new global markets.

Core technology will be manufactured in Scotland and supply chain benefits will be passed on to other Scottish businesses. The company has already experienced strong global demand for their technology with current projects across the UK, Europe, Asia and North America, according to Nova.

The investment will also fund ongoing research and development into marine energy.

Simon Forrest, CEO of Nova Innovation, said: “We are passionate about creating sustainable energy solutions and have proven that our tidal turbines meet all our client requirements in the toughest of environments. Our products deliver clean, predictable power with no visual impact or negative effects on the environment.

“We have been successfully powering homes, businesses, and the grid in Shetland for over five years. We now look forward to delivering our product to new markets around the world.

“We would like to thank the Scottish National Investment Bank for this significant investment in mass manufacturing and distribution of Nova’s tidal energy technology – supporting Scotland’s transition to net-zero and tackling the climate emergency”.

The Edinburgh-based company’s 100kW tidal turbines have been transforming the power of the sea into clean, predictable energy in Shetland since 2016.

By focusing on scalable solutions, Nova has been able to install, adapt and enhance its technology on site, creating a reliable and replicable product for mass production.

Nova’s turbines can be used to generate tidal energy within small projects in coastal communities or scaled up to large developments that power the national grid, the company claims.

Eilidh Mactaggart, CEO of the Scottish National Investment Bank, said: “Nova Innovation is a great example of Scottish engineering finding new solutions to the climate crisis. Its tidal technology has the potential to sustainably meet the energy needs of remote communities globally.

“This innovative business has proven that its tidal technology works successfully commercialised its technology with a growing order book for its turbines both locally and globally.

“I am very proud that the bank’s investment will enable Nova to develop new facilities to expand its manufacturing capacity and increase the supply of its tidal turbines to Scotland, the UK and the world.

“Nova’s recent development of tidal powered electric vehicle charging points underlines the company’s ability to develop and expand the use of its technology creatively. Nova’s focus on the supply to island and coastal communities who were previously heavily dependent on fossil fuels has been a key driver in its success to date”.

To remind, Nova recently received a £2 million boost from the Scottish Government to advance its tidal turbines manufacturing to a global level.

The funding, delivered through Scottish Enterprise, is directed at Nova’s VOLT (Volume Manufacturing and Logistics for Tidal Energy) project that will develop the first European assembly line to mass manufacture tidal turbines.

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