Bardsey Island, Wales
The Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) project creates the opportunity to generate electricity from the natural ebb and flow of the tide between Ynys Enlli – ‘The Island in the Currents’ – and the mainland of the Llŷn Peninsula. It has the potential to help the ‘Island in the Currents’ switch from a dependency on diesel generation to become the world’s first blue energy island.
Nova’s tidal turbines are completely hidden beneath the surface of the sea, with none of the visual siting issues faced by wind, solar, fossil fuels or tidal barrages.
In November 2020 Nova announced funding for the Ynys Enlli tidal project from the Welsh government through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). On the day of the announcement, Lesley Griffiths, Wales’ Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, said:
“As Wales looks to respond to the challenges posed by the climate emergency, we need to harness the ambition and innovative spirit of renewable energy providers like Nova, ensuring that their expertise and experience can be put to good use in Wales.
“As such, I am very pleased that we have been able to support Nova in their Ynys Enlli tidal energy project. Wales was at the leading edge of the first industrial revolution and through projects like these we can play a leading role in the green industrial revolution taking place today.”
The Crown Estate has awarded Nova an Agreement for a seabed lease for the project. This enables Nova to explore the project’s potential through site surveys and investigations to inform the technical feasibility. A full Environmental Impact Assessment will also be carried out as part of the consenting process to assess the positive and negative effects of the project on the environment, wildlife, other sea users and local communities.
The funding from the ERDF and National Lottery Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) has enabled Nova to set up its operations in north Wales, including employing staff locally. It is also supporting the engineering design work for the project and securing the necessary consents and permissions from Natural Resources Wales and Gwynedd Council, including carrying out the supporting the Environmental Impact Assessment.
Throughout the engineering design and consenting process, Nova will be working to make sure the local community and stakeholders have the chance to get involved and have a say in the project, and that opportunities for maximising community benefits are fully explored. Nova is also keen to explore ways in which local businesses can be involved in the Enlli project, using the expertise and experience in the local area to provide services to support the development