Nova Scotia Welcomes Tidal Project Activity

first_imgEnergy Minister Barry Barnet welcomed news that Nova Scotia’s in-stream tidal energy project is moving closer to the water. Today, Jan. 22, project partners announced a number of advances, including new tidal technology, a location for turbines in the Bay of Fundy, and an upcoming construction contract. “We applaud these companies for working hard to move the tidal project ahead,” said Mr. Barnet. “The more we can move away from imported, coal-based electricity towards a cleaner local supply, the better it is for our economy and environment.” Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company announced its partnership with United Kingdom-based Marine Current Turbines, a leading developer of tidal technology. Marine Current Turbines recently installed the world’s most powerful in-stream tidal turbine, now operating in Northern Ireland. “This is an exciting partnership — leading technology combined with our company’s outstanding track record in green energy,” said Scott Travers, president and chief operating officer of Minas Basin Pulp and Power. “Renewable power has been a part of our business since 1936, and we look forward to making Nova Scotia’s energy future even greener.” After 12 months and more than $1 million in research, marine energy experts have identified what they believe to be an ideal site for Nova Scotia’s first demonstration turbines. The site is in the Minas Passage area of the Bay of Fundy near Black Rock, 10 kilometres west of Parrsboro. It includes: water depths up to 45 metres at low tide a sediment-free bedrock sea floor straight flowing currents water speeds up to 10 metres per second on ebb and flow “These companies still have a lot of work to do before anything can go in the water, including environmental approvals,” said Mr. Barnet. “They face a lot of challenges — new technology, tough environmental expectations, and an unbelievably powerful ocean resource. But from what I’ve seen, they’ve got what it takes.” Research identifies the Bay of Fundy as potentially the best site for tidal power generation in North America, with a world-class resource in close proximity to an existing grid and potential consumers. Nova Scotia’s 2009 Energy Strategy sets a new target of at least 25 per cent renewable electricity supply by 2020. In-stream tidal energy has the potential to help meet that target. Marine Current Turbines OpenHydro Clean Current Turbines, from Canada In addition, Nova Scotia Power announced that its technology partner, OpenHydro, has issued a call for bids to construct a subsea base to position their turbine on the ocean floor. The Irish technology developer will review all proposals, including those from potential fabricators in Nova Scotia. Pending environmental approvals, the three initial technology candidates for the Fundy tidal project are:last_img

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