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

Posted: November 14, 2020 by oldbrew in Energy, News, Tides
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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.

  1. Graeme No.3 says:

    5 turbines of 100kW capacity for 11 people? How much do they use?
    Of course I just realised the turbines only generate for a few hours a day, so the project will have to add storage. 500kW twice a day (most days) to supply a demand of X? Assuming these lucky “blue” inhabitants use around 20kWh per day that adds up 220kWh daily demand from a minimum supply of 1,000kWh.
    Is there room on the island for a really big battery?

  2. arfurbryant says:

    The unmitigated hubris of green idiots knows no bounds.

  3. JB says:

    Better have BU generators and plenty of diesel on hand.

  4. BoyfromTottenham says:

    Over GBP 1 million just for preliminaries, so how much will the whole project cost? How could such profligate spending be justified?

  5. oldbrew says:

    No more EU money after 2020.

    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.

  6. ivan says:

    @ Graeme No.3

    Since Nova also deals in on shore large batteries it would appear they can provide enough power for the 11 people on a 24/7 basis. I wouldn’t get rid of the diesel generators any time soon because a lot depends on how much sand the tides move which, in turn, gives a finite time for the turbines to be buried enough to stop working.

  7. Sunface says:

    Well I never. People actually will believe this ridiculous rubbish. What will happen on the day when the predictable becomes unpredictable like storm Winds and rain and then the tidal generators can’t be used and the diesel just happens to run out.

  8. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Bargain! 🤣

  9. oldbrew says:

    Sunface – the turbines are underwater so wind is not an issue.

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