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James Fisher reveals Nova role

Marine outfit to supply operations software for Shetland tidal project

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James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) is to supply its proprietary operations software for Nova Innovation’s tidal array project off the coast of Shetland.

The marine outfit will use the Mermaid software package to help optimise the EU-funded Enabling Future Arrays in Tidal (EnFAIT) project’s reliability and availability.

JFMS will also help design subsea tooling, the development of subsea array architecture to connect the turbines to shore plus the design of foundation structures to enable turbines to be relocated.

The EnFAIT consortium was awarded a €14.9m grant from European Commission’s Horizon 2020 R&D programme earlier this year to extend Nova’s Shetland tidal array to six units.

The Edinburgh developer currently operates three of its 100kW M100 turbines in the Bluemull Sound.

JFMS senior project engineer James Croftson said: “We are very happy to join with Nova in this consortium project, as it utilises skills and systems that have been developed with operational effectiveness of tidal power in mind.”

Image: M100 tidal turbine (Nova Innovation)

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