The EnFAIT project carries out a demonstration of a grid-connected tidal energy array with the aim to provide a step change in the lifetime cost of energy for tidal power.
The project plans to adjust the layout of the turbines in order to enable array interactions and optimisation to be studied for the first time at a real tidal energy site.
EnFAIT is carried out at a grid-connected tidal site in the Bluemull Sound, Shetland (UK).
Building upon an existing operational site allows the project to generate real-world results from day one, at the same time minimising development risks.
By acquiring and disseminating substantial learning on fundamental issues for the ocean energy industry, the EnFAIT project intends to build investors’ confidence, taking a step towards creating a commercial, bankable tidal energy sector.