Province plans for future tidal energy testing
- 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 email@example.com.
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.