Scots tidal power chief joins board of Ocean Energy Europe

A Nova Innovation tidal turbine being prepared for launch off Shetland.
A Nova Innovation tidal turbine being prepared for launch off Shetland.

Simon Forrest, Chief Executive of Nova Innovation, has joined the board of Ocean Energy Europe, the Brussels-based trade association.

Set up in 2010, Nova Innovation announced the successful deployment of the world’s first offshore tidal array in the Shetland isles two years ago, which it controls from its Edinburgh head office.

Nova Innovation recently received the backing of the European Commission to further develop technology in the Shetlands, and also announced plans to develop a tidal energy project in north Wales..

More than 100 organisations, including utilities, industrialists and research institutes, are corporate members of Ocean Energy Europe which improve access to funding and enhance business opportunities for its members by lobbying Eurocrats, MPs and government ministers in the EU.

Rémi Gruet, Chief Executive, Ocean Energy Europe, commented: “With the deployment of its Shetland tidal array, Nova has earned a reputation for getting things done and it is now part of the vanguard of tidal energy developers pushing the sector towards commercial readiness.

“Tapping that experience at board level will be extremely beneficial to both OEE and the European ocean energy sector.”

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