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Nova Innovation powering cars with the ocean tide

Written by Kfir Kedem – March 29, 2021

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

Creating a completely green electric vehicle is challenging, with a key question being, “where does the energy come from?” It is already known that renewable energy sources for charging cars come mainly from wind and solar energies, but there are other energy sources that may be better.


When it comes to hydroelectricity (water-generated electricity), the typical solution is to use dams to generate electricity. In this case the water flows from a high elevation to a low elevation which creates a strong flow that can power a generator.

Nova Innovation has taken hydroelectricity to the next level and developed tidal-based turbines. The tidal turbines are placed inside the oceans and seas and do not change the nature landscape. They collect energy through the movement of water, which is caused by the gravitational pull of the sun and moon. This movement is called “tide” and is so predictable that its behavior can be anticipated to the accuracy of minutes.

Nova Innovation is already using their tidal turbines to power electric vehicles in Shetland, Scotland and planning to expand. Some positive feedback has been given to Nova Innovation by Transport Scotland through a grant to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure. They believe that the tidal turbines will aid in the transition to green energy usage. Nova Innovation has also received funding and support from several other countries that see their solution as a viable source of green energy.


Auto Trendy’s take:

Nova Innovation makes the argument that the sun does not always shine, and the wind does not always blow, but the water of the oceans constantly moves. This makes tidal energy a superior form of collecting energy as it works non-stop. Already for some time it is known that electric vehicles are not as sustainable as people think. With environmentally harmful raw materials used for batteries, high emissions due to production, and the question of charging, electric vehicles are not carbon-neutral products. Nova Innovation has a very unique approach to ensuring that, at the very least, the energy infrastructure for electric vehicles is green and reliable.