Developers of the MeyGen tidal project will combine with a local windfarm to export power to the grid at times when tidal capacity is low.
The current distribution network is constrained until wider transmission upgrade works are completed in the next few years, but the deal with the four-turbine windfarm will result in improved utilisation of the grid network without affecting MeyGen’s generation.
The partnership between the developers, Atlantis, and Lochend Wind Energy will also demonstrate the feasibility of blending sustainable sources of generation as a long-term solution.
Atlantis chief executive Tim Cornelius said: “We believe this to be a world first, and to show that the predictability of generation from the tides can also benefit other forms of renewable energy by allowing those generators to accurately forecast and access spare grid capacity.
“Tidal power makes for more efficient grid use and management, and we are delighted to have been able to assist a local wind farm in getting connected.”
The first phase of the MeyGen project was connected to the distribution network last month and is expected to deliver first in power at the end of this year.
“Sharing transmission assets in this way and capitalising on the predictability of tidal power will ensure that, in the long term, our energy needs are better served whilst also maximising access to a constrained network in the immediate future,” Cornelius added.