The mass manufacture of huge tidal turbines could be one step closer after firm seals funding

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Tidal energy business Nova Innovation has said it is able to move forward with a project centered around scaling up the production of tidal turbines after receiving funding from the Scottish government. The £2 million ($2.78 million) funding boost, announced Thursday, will be used to support the company's Volume Manufacturing and Logistics for Tidal Energy project, also known as VOLT.VOLT will "develop the first European assembly line to mass manufacture tidal turbines," according to Nova, and also "trial innovative techniques and tools to ship, deploy and monitor turbines around the world."The project will also study how turbine performance can be improved and focus on logistics linked to mass manufacturing, among other things.The scale of the technologies and systems being deployed can be significant. Nova Innovation, for instance, has installed a number of turbines in waters off Shetland, an archipelago north of mainland Scotland. When the tip of their blades is vertical,
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