North Welsh island energy project secures £1.2m funding

North Welsh island energy project secures £1.2m funding: A tidal energy project located on a remote island in North Wales has obtained £1.2 million funding from the Welsh Government.

Bardsey Island, which now depends on diesel to power its buildings, is reported to become the world’s first ‘blue energy’ island, as it will be completely powered by wave energy once the project is finished.

The tidal energy company Nova Innovation aims to install five 100kW turbines on the seabed initially.

The company oversaw environmental monitoring including surveys of marine birds and mammals & the distribution of underwater cameras and discovered the technology has no harmful effects on marine wildlife.

Welsh Government Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths announced: “Wales was at the forefront of the first industrial revolution and through projects like this, we can play a leading role in the green industrial revolution that is happening today.”

Simon Forrest, Nova’s Chief Executive, added: “Our tidal turbines have been powering the Shetland Islands grid for over four years and we look forward to helping drive the blue economy in North Wales.”

North Welsh island energy project secures £1.2m funding

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