Tidal Race is on as the first array in the world makes first exports to the grid

Two interconnected underwater turbines off the coast of the Shetland Isles have been connected to the national electricity grid in Scotland.

The government of Scotland is currently working on a new energy strategy that reportedly aims for Scotland to become Europe’s first fully renewable nation by 2030. In 2015, with the country generating more than 57 per cent of its electricity from renewables,

Earlier this month Nova Innovation who are based in Edinburgh, installed the second of the two underwater turbines at a site in Shetland Isles. The two underwater turbines are linked, making them the world’s first operational tidal array. Previous tidal projects, such as the Strangford Lough plant in Northern Ireland, consist only of one turbine.

Wind turbines managed to cover all of Scotland's electricity demand for a short period of time when winds were high.

"We are absolutely delighted to be the first company in the world to deploy a fully operational tidal array," said Simon Forrest, managing director of Nova Innovation.

For more information, read the full article 'Tidal energy array makes first exports to grid' which was featured in E&T on the 30th of August 2016.