FORCE to Update Parrsboro’s Public on Tidal Energy Project

FORCE and its partners will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, May 20, in Parrsboro. They will offer an update on the tidal energy project in the Bay of Fundy, as well as introduce some of their new members.

FORCE to Update Parrsboro's Public on Tidal Energy Project

This will be an opportunity to meet and hear from:

  • Minas Energy, Marine Current Turbines (a Siemens business), and Bluewater,
  • OpenHydro (a DCNS company),
  • Black Rock Tidal Power, and
  • FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy).

Marine Current Turbines Ltd. (MCT), a Siemens company, and Bluewater Energy Services B.V. (Bluewater) have agreed to jointly develop a 2 megawatt floating tidal current turbine, called SeaGen F. This turbine will be the first of its kind to be installed in Canada’s Bay of Fundy, in cooperation with Nova Scotian project developer Minas Energy. 

OpenHydro has been selected by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy for a second tidal energy demonstration project at the FORCE test site. OpenHydro, a DCNS company, will proceed with plans for the deployment of a fully grid connected 4MW tidal array to be in place later in 2015. The array will consist of two 16m (2.0MW) commercial scale turbines.

BRTP is collaborating with a team of experienced Nova Scotia experts to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of the technology at the Fundy Ocean Research Center of Energy (FORCE). BRTP is directly addressing capital and operating cost expenses with a unique approach that combines the innovative TRITON platform developed by TidalStream, which is semi-submerged, floating and freely rotates to the flow, with inexpensive small and robust STG tidal turbines made by SCHOTTEL.

Press Release, May 16, 2014; Image: FORCE