A Welsh island is set to be the first area of Britain to be completely powered by tidal energy, as the government plans to roll out the renewable source across the country. Bardsey Island off North Wales will be powered entirely by waves and it is hoped there will be surplus energy to be sent to the mainland. The island, which only has four year-round residents, is a wildlife haven and home to puffins, seals, and manx shearwaters but currently relies on diesel to power its handful of buildings. Nova Innovation say the project will switch the island’s from a dependency on diesel generation to “become the world’s first blue energy island”. The company plans to install five 100 kilowatt turbines on the seabed to harness tidal power and say they will be completely hidden from view.
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An island off the coast of northwest Wales could switch from fossil fuel to tidal power to generate its electricity. The Welsh government is investing £1.2 million in a project to capture power from the ebb and flow of the tides between Bardsey Island and the Llyn Peninsula on the mainland. Nova Innovation, a tidal energy company, said that Bardsey, which at present gets its power from diesel generators, could become the world’s first “blue energy island”. The 1.5 mile-long island is a nature reserve with only a handful of residents. It has 12 properties, nine of which are holiday lets. Nova said that it planned to install five 100-kilowatt turbines on the seabed and hoped to install more in the future. The turbines would be invisible from land and so would have “none of the visual siting issues” of wind and solar farms or tidal barrages. Tidal energy also had the advantage of being predictable, unlike some other renewable energy sources, it added.
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