Tidal-powered cars are now a reality in Shetland, a Scottish marine energy firm said today.
Edinburgh-headquartered Nova Innovation has unveiled an electric vehicle charging point which lets motorists “fill up” directly from a tidal energy source.
The charge point is located on the scenic shores of Bluemull Sound, at Cullivoe harbour on the island of Yell.
Nova’s turbines have been providing electricity for homes and businesses in Shetland for more than five years.
Chief executive Simon Forrest said: “Our technology generates electricity from the immense power of the seas, and it is changing the way we power our lives – from how we make a cup of tea to how we travel.
“We now have the reality of tidal powered cars, which demonstrates the huge steps forward we are making in tackling the climate emergency and achieving net zero by working in harmony with our natural environment.
“In November, the eyes of the world will be on Scotland as nations come together to combat climate change at COP26.
“At Nova, we deliver blue energy solutions that can be deployed all around the world, delivering clean, predictable energy direct from the sea to our clients to meet whatever energy needs they have – electricity, heat or transport.”
Fiona Nicholson from Cullivoe is an electric car driver and welcomed the new addition as a benefit for the local community.
She said: “I am delighted that we have an EV charge point powered by the tide. I work in Lerwick, so I need access to a charge point, and it is exciting to have this on my doorstep.”
The Nova project received grant funding from Transport Scotland to install the EV charging infrastructure.
Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, said: “It’s fantastic to see that Nova Innovation is demonstrating yet again that Scotland remains at the forefront of developments in zero-emission transport solutions.
“I’m pleased that Scottish Government funding is enabling the installation of a new charge point in Shetland which operates entirely on renewable tidal energy.
“This type of innovation is key in responding to the global climate emergency and highlights the opportunities that can be realised here in Scotland as we transition to a net-zero economy.”