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Tidal Energy powered cars 26 March 2021

Electric Cars Powered by Tidal Energy Are Driving Scotland Toward Net Zero Emissions

Tiffany Duong via EcoWatch

The future of electric vehicle charging is already in Scotland, and it’s helping push the country toward net–zero carbon emissions.

Cars on the island of Yell, located in the Shetland Islands in Scotland’s northernmost region, can now be fueled entirely by tidal energy from Nova Innovation‘s tidal turbines. Tidal turbines are large, revolving machines anchored to the seafloor. Besides fueling electric vehicles, the company explained that Nova Innovation‘s tidal turbines don’t visually impact the landscape or pose a navigation hazard. They also offer long–term and accurate predictability when it comes to powering Shetland’s grid.

The company tidal array has been powering local homes and businesses on Yell for more than five years, a company spokesperson told EcoWatch. Now, that same technology feeds into an electric vehicle charge point on the island fueled entirely by the sea.

Nova Innovation’s CEO Simon Forrest said, “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.”

The new technology is a first for the UK, and can be deployed around the world, Forrest said in a statement emailed to EcoWatch. Several different tidal energy technologies in Scotland work to capitalize on the country’s many islands and tidal currents. The goal is to reduce reliance on traditional combustion engine vehicles, which are responsible for around one–fifth of all carbon emissions in the UK, Maritime Journal reported.

Fiona Nicholson, a local electric car driver and fan of Nova Innovation’s technology, said, “[I]t 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.”

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