Nova Scotia’s tidal energy project in the Bay of Fundy will get up to $20 million in federal funding from the Clean Energy Fund.
November 15, 2010
by PLANT STAFF
Tidal energy turbine destined for testing in the Minas Basin.
Photo: Clean Current
PARRSBORO, NS: Nova Scotia’s tidal energy project in the Bay of Fundy will get up to $20 million in federal funding from the Clean Energy Fund.
The Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) project at the Minas Basin test site is Canada’s first deployment of commercial-scale tidal turbines. It will investigate how four submarine cables and the equipment they’re connected to function, and how reliably they deliver electricity to Nova Scotia’s power system. What researchers learn will be used to enhance future research for tidal energy and energy regulations.
Four subsea cables will give FORCE the largest offshore transmission capacity of any in-stream tidal energy site in the world, with the potential capacity to power more than 20,000 homes.
Scientists estimate the Bay of Fundy, where the highest and some of the world’s fastest-moving tides flow between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, could potentially produce as much as 30,000 megawatts of energy.
The Pembina Institute, an environmental research firm with offices across Canada, suggests tidal power has advantages over wind. The density of the water produces more energy, tides are entirely predictable and the underwater turbines would have a low impact on the environment.
FORCE’s project partners include Nova Scotia Power Inc. (with OpenHydro), Minas Basin Pulp and Power of Hantsport, NS, (with Marine Current Turbines) and Alstom (with Clean Current), an energy and transportation company based in France.