Cape Sharp Tidal Demonstration Project Update
We are continuing to learn, innovate and advance our work to demonstrate the viability of tidal energy. We are preparing the next phase of the Cape Sharp Tidal demonstration project and will deploy our in-stream tidal turbine in mid-2018 at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) test site. We are building on our success in every part of this demonstration project, and we have been working to apply what we learned from the previously deployed turbine and environmental monitoring devices that were recovered in June 2017. We’re also continuing to improve our technology and are increasing the turbine’s operating efficiency.
Later this spring, we will use a heavy lift vessel to place the turbine on the purpose-built Scotia Tide Barge in preparation for deployment. The heavy lift vessel is a world-class, international vessel that needs the proper license to enter Canadian waters. The application for this license was submitted today and will be available on the Canadian Transportation Agency website. This vessel will be used to remove the “wet” turbine from the Scotia Tide and then to lift the “dry” turbine from the quay onto the barge.
We’re also pleased to let you know that our first annual environmental monitoring report is now available on our website, along with three previous quarterly reports. We’re committed to sustainable in-stream tidal development and we’re working with local and international scientists, universities and independent research and technology companies to reach our goals of increased knowledge and environmental protection.
We are proud of our role in pioneering a new renewable energy industry and we’re committed to doing things the right way. We’re the first and still only developer to successfully deploy an in-stream tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy and connect it to the Nova Scotia power grid. That’s a big achievement, and we’re continuing to work toward getting our next turbine in the water.
You might also have heard that last Thursday the Government of Canada announced Ocean Supercluster (OSC) as one of the five innovation clusters it had approved as part of its $950 million innovation supercluster initiative. Based in Atlantic Canada, OSC will use innovation to improve competitiveness in Canada’s ocean-based industries. It will give in-stream tidal developers like us the opportunity to attract potential technology partners. OSC will help foster and enable innovation in the tidal energy industry, allowing it to stay at the forefront of emerging technologies and creating a more sustainable ocean energy industry.
We’re excited about what the future holds, and we believe that tidal energy can co-exist with existing ocean-based industries to the benefit of all Nova Scotians. As we plan for our next deployment in mid-2018, we’ll continue to engage with stakeholders and Indigenous communities regarding our plans.