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Scottish energy company Nova Innovation has created the first ever electric vehicle charge point using a source of tidal energy, on the island of Yell in Shetland.

Nova’s tidal turbines have been powering homes and businesses at the Scottish archipelago for more than five years; we investigate their evolution and the company’s hopes to replicate the model in other locations around the globe.

Tidal energy is an abundant renewable source on a planet covered by 70% water yet remains largely untapped.

At present, approximately 522MW a year is generated globally by tidal energy.

Yet in the UK alone, a potential 10GW could be generated annually by tidal energy. This would be enough to power 15 million homes and offset 70 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. Moreover, tidal energy could have a market potential of around 100GW.

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