Nova Innovation has installed an EV charge point in Shetland which powers vehicles solely by the tide using turbines beneath the water.
The marine energy specialists placed the charger next to the shores of Bluemull Sound, at Cullivoe harbour on the island of Yell in Shetland, where its turbines have been powering homes and businesses for more than five years.
In the push towards net zero, the Scottish Government has banned the sale of new cars powered solely by petrol or diesel by 2032, accelerating the need to develop new sources of clean energy to power vehicles.
The Nova project to install the EV charging infrastructure has received grant funding through Transport Scotland.
Fiona Nicholson, an electric car driver from Cullivoe added: “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.
“Most people in Shetland live close to the sea – to be able to harness the power of the tide in this way is a great way to use this resource.
“We are very lucky to have a long stretch of coastline in Shetland and I think there will be a lot of interest in this technology and how different businesses could use it.”
Simon Forrest, CEO of Nova Innovation, said, “Our technology generates electricity from the immense power of the seas, and it is changing the way we power our lives. We now have the reality of tidal powered cars, demonstrating the progress we are making in tackling the climate emergency and achieving net zero.
“Nova delivers blue energy solutions that can be deployed around the world, delivering clean, predictable energy from the sea to our clients, meeting whatever energy needs they have – electricity, heat or transport.”