Prov­ince plans for fu­ture tidal en­ergy test­ing

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - PARRSBORO & AREA -

HAL­I­FAX

- Nova Sco­tia is invit­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from tidal de­vel­op­ers around the world to par­tic­i­pate in the Bay of Fundy tidal en­ergy project in the fu­ture.

The prov­ince re­leased the in­vi­ta­tion March 24 to gauge de­vel­op­ers’ in­ter­est and readi­ness to demon­strate a tidal de­vice as spots be­come avail­able at FORCE (Fundy Ocean Re­search Cen­tre for En­ergy).

“ Tidal en­ergy has the po­ten­tial to be­come a key part of our fu­ture en­ergy mix,” said En­ergy Min­is­ter Bill Estabrooks. “But Nova Sco­tians want to see how th­ese de­vices in­ter­act with the Bay of Fundy be­fore con­sid­er­ing larger de­vel­op­ment.

“FORCE is al­ready home to one tidal tech­nol­ogy, with two more planned” he added. “Over time, we hope a num­ber of dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies will par­tic­i­pate at FORCE — it’s an op­por­tu­nity to prove their de­vice at the great­est test site in the world. This in­vi­ta­tion is de­signed to get a sense of who may be a part of the next wave of de­vel­op­ment.”

Tidal en­ergy projects re­quire time to plan, ap­prove, fi­nance and build. The ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est will start that process for fu­ture FORCE par­tic­i­pants.

The in­vi­ta­tion in­cludes po­ten­tial projects in­side the ap­proved FORCE site bound­ary in the Mi­nas Pas­sage only. The in­vi­ta­tion is for in­for­ma­tion pur­poses so com­pa­nies that don’t ap­ply will not be ex­cluded from fu­ture se­lec­tion pro­cesses.

De­vel­op­ers seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion should con­tact San­dra Far­well at the Depart­ment of En­ergy by tele­phon­ing 902424-1700, or e-mail­ing far­welse@gov.ns.ca.

FORCE is Canada’s lead­ing cen­tre for in-stream tidal en­ergy re­search and tech­nol­ogy, lo­cated in the Bay of Fundy. It is a pub­lic/pri­vate part­ner­ship.

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