Nova Scotia selects marine power developers for Bay of Fundy project

FORCE Announcement

The Nova Scotia Department of Energy has selected a pair of marine and hydrokinetic technology developers to deploy arrays in the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) test site.

The announcement, which came alongside provincial approval of US$3.6 million in tidal industry funding at FORCE, allows OpenHydro and Black Rock Tidal Power to participate in research and development efforts in the Bay of Fundy's Minas Passage.

"We are pleased to welcome OpenHydro and Black Rock Tidal Power and their innovative technologies to Nova Scotia, a global center of excellence for tidal energy development," Minister of Energy Andrew Younger said.

OpenHydro, a DCNS company, said it is to deliver a pair of 2 MW commercial-scale turbines to the FORCE site in 2105 similar to ones the company has already deployed off the coast of France.

"OpenHydro is proud to have been the first technology installed in the Bay of Fundy and we remain convinced of the potential of the region as a major source of clean, renewable energy," the company said in a statement. "This project represents an important step in building a local tidal energy industry in Nova Scotia and a next step in the development of commercial tidal farms in the region."

OpenHydro is working with Nova Scotia-based energy company Emera to deliver the project, with additional assistance from partners Irving Shipbuilding, Irving Equipment and Atlantic Towing. The group said it has "ambitious future plans for tidal energy in the region", with the Bay of Fundy project reaching a total output capacity of 300 MW, pending regulatory approvals.

"We believe in the power of the Bay of Fundy," Emera President and CEO Chris Hiskilson said. "Along with OpenHydro, we are very proud to have been the first to deploy a tidal turbine in these waters. Now, together with Irving, we're excited to continue development of the tidal industry in Nova Scotia and increase the importance of tidal in our region's energy mix."

Meanwhile, Halifax-based Black Rock Tidal Power will work with a number of European and Canadian partners, including Schottel, Tidal Stream, Allswater, Clearwater, Akoostix, Dynamic System Analysis and Seaforth Engineering.

HydroWorld.com reported earlier this month that a memorandum of understanding had been signed by parties from Nova Scotia and the United Kingdom intended to encourage cooperative marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) research for high-potential areas, including the Bay of Fundy.

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