Energy & Power
Nova Scotia to select two technologies for Fundy Tidal Project
By Anthony Capkun
January 20, 2014 – Two tidal turbine developers will win the chance to demonstrate their technologies in the Minas Passage in the Bay of Fundy, says the Province of Nova Scotia.
The province’s recent tender for a berth at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) has attracted three qualified bidders, and two will be chosen to advance to commercial demonstration. Alstom has informed the province it released its berth in the Bay of Fundy.
“We are pleased we have attracted interest from three new cutting-edge technologies to Nova Scotia,” said energy minister Andrew Younger. “Our province’s tidal energy market has advanced significantly in recent months, including a new provincial feed-in tariff, and a successful cable deployment.”
Companies that applied in December include Black Rock Tidal, DP Marine Energy Ltd. and OpenHydro. The fourth berth was vacated by Nova Scotia Power after the successful deployment and retrieval of its OpenHydro device in 2009, says the province. The remaining two berths are held by Minas Energy and Atlantis Resources.
“I had made it clear government wants to move tidal energy—and the opportunities that come with ocean technology jobs, research and development, and renewable energy advancement—forward, and place Nova Scotia as a leader in marine renewables,” said Younger. “In fact, we look forward to welcoming the world to Nova Scotia this November to see our progress when we host the first International Conference on Ocean Energy to be held in North America.”
The province expects to announce the successful applicants in March.