Cape Sharp Tidal advances 4-MW demonstration project in Nova Scotia

Cape Sharp Tidal Ventures, which is developing a tidal power project in eastern Canada, on Nov. 4 announced additional commitments to supplement its approved Environmental Effects Monitoring Program (EEMP) based on feedback received during its voluntary deployment pause.

In June, Cape Sharp Tidal paused deployment plans to allow opportunities for more engagement and consultation with concerned groups. It is now making several additional commitments to enhance our monitoring program and improve the engagement process for the benefit of all Bay of Fundy users. These commitments are in addition to those already detailed in its EEMP as accepted by Nova Scotia Environment in June following consultation with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. They include: 

  • Continued investment in new marine technologies and innovation: when the turbines are retrieved for regular maintenance, we will explore ways to build on our existing monitoring program through incorporating the latest available monitoring technology;
  • Continued efforts to strengthen and maintain our company’s long-standing relationship with a local fishery with funding support to enhance population data;
  • Enhanced capability with a camera mounted toward the face of the turbine at the request of the fishing community;
  • Staggered turbine deployment to allow additional opportunity for data monitoring, collection and analysis; and
  • A commitment to voluntarily remove the turbines from the FORCE site if they are found to cause population-level effects on marine species.

“Cape Sharp Tidal and the Province of Nova Scotia are global leaders in tidal energy,” said Chris Huskilson, President and CEO of Emera Inc. “Emera‘s strategy is to transition to lower carbon sources. This research and demonstration project will help us better understand the technology and the marine environment in order to grow a tidal industry in Nova Scotia.”

Final preparations are now underway to deploy and grid-connect Nova Scotia’s first in-stream tidal turbine at the FORCE site near Parrsboro. Tidal conditions there afford a seven-day window of opportunity twice each month. Pending favorable weather conditions for deployment and cable connections, deployment work will begin the weekend of Nov. 5-6. Marine activities will continue as the weather safely allows until the turbine and its subsea cable are successfully connected to those subsea cables installed by FORCE in 2014, and by Cape Sharp Tidal in 2015.

“Safe delivery of the Cape Sharp Tidal grid-connected turbine is our number one priority. Success on this demonstration project will provide us with invaluable insights into the world’s best tidal energy site,” said Thierry Kalanquin, Chairman of OpenHydro and Senior Vice President, Energy and Marine Infrastructure at DCNS. “It will also push forward the boundaries of research and scientific knowledge into the marine ecosystem in the Bay of Fundy. With Cape Sharp Tidal, Canada will join other nations like the UK, France and Japan, in a global investment in the future of this potent source of clean technology.”

Cape Sharp Tidal is a joint venture between Emera Inc. and OpenHydro, a DCNS company. The partnership plans to install two 2-MW in-stream tidal turbines at FORCE as North America’s first grid-connected tidal array. Cape Sharp Tidal has employed more than 300 people locally, has invested tens of millions of dollars to grow the local tidal supply chain and industry, and has met its commitment to spend 70% of first-phase project costs in Nova Scotia. This demonstration project is in the Bay of Fundy at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE).

Emera Inc. is a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

OpenHydro is a DCNS company specializing in the design, manufacture and installation of marine turbines generating renewable energy from tidal streams. The company’s vision is to deploy turbine arrays under the surface of the oceans to produce energy silently, invisibly and with no impact on the environment. OpenHydro has achieved a number of industry firsts including being the first to deploy a tidal turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the first to connect to and generate electricity from tidal streams onto the UK National Grid and the first to successfully demonstrate a method of safely and economically deploying and recovering turbines directly on the seabed. 

DCNS is the European leader in naval defense and a major player in marine renewable energy.

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