Minas Energy has entered into a partnership with International Marine Energy Inc. (IME) and Tocardo International BV (Tocardo), using Tocardo’s tidal turbines. The new collaboration, Minas Tidal Limited Partnership (Minas Tidal), intends to test Netherland-based Tocardo technology at the Fundy Ocean Resource Centre for Energy (FORCE) in the Minas Passage in Nova Scotia, Canada.
In-water testing is anticipated in late 2017.
The selected Tocardo technology consists of four, 250 kW, T2 bi-directional open rotor turbine-generators, which will be attached to Tocardo’s patented semi-submersible Universal Floating Platform Structure. The platforms are held in place by catenary mooring systems. Each turbine can generate up to 1 MW of power, for a combined output of 4 MW.
Minas Energy’s leasehold rights to the berth site at FORCE, along with a 4-MW power purchase agreement, was awarded in December 2014 and will be transferred to Minas Tidal.
Minas Energy was awarded a berth at FORCE in 2009 by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy. Under this new arrangement, Minas Energy will continue its role in establishing a new marine hydrokinetic energy industry in Nova Scotia.
FORCE’s test site is in the Minas Passage area of the Bay of Fundy near Black Rock, 10 km west of Parrsboro. Minas Passage, only 5 km wide and bordered by basalt cliffs, is the entrance to Minas Basin, the region of the world’s highest tides, according to FORCE.
“We are looking forward to demonstrating Tocardo’s capabilities in North America and hope to make Nova Scotia the center of our future manufacturing operations” said Hans Van Breugel, Tocardo president.
The partnership will also undertake comprehensive stakeholder consultation with First Nations, the fisheries industry, regulators and communities, and complete all regulatory requirements prior to testing.