OpenHydro, Emera launch joint-venture for Nova Scotia tidal energy projects
Grid connected 4-megawatt tidal array will be launched in the Bay of Fundy in 2015.
HALIFAX — Tidal technology group, OpenHydro, and its Canadian partner Emera Inc. have launched a joint venture business, Cape Sharp Tidal to deploy a fully grid connected 4 megawatt tidal array in the Bay of Fundy in 2015.
The company says the project has the potential to be one of the world’s first multi-megawatt arrays of interconnected tidal turbines, providing energy to over 1,000 customers in Nova Scotia. Cape Sharp Tidal employs a local team of ten people based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
The turbines being deployed in the Bay of Fundy are the newest version of OpenHydro’s 16 metre, 2 megawatt Open-Centre Turbines. They will be built locally in Dartmouth, NS in partnership with Irving Shipbuilding.
The project will move forward in phases, subject to required approvals, with the ultimate goal of developing up to a 300 megawatts commercial tidal array delivering clean and provide renewable energy to over 75,000 customers.