Cape Sharp tidal completes subsea cable connection
Twenty-four hours after deploying our first 2MW instream tidal turbine, Cape Sharp Tidal’s marine operations team has safely connected the turbine cable tail with the 300-metre interconnection cable we installed in the Minas Passage last winter . That cable connects our turbines’ power and data systems to an existing 16MW subsea export cable at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE). This cable is connected to the onshore substation.
The work was completed in one tidal cycle, under sunny skies at the FORCE site near Parrsboro. As with all our marine operations, we have the assistance of expert local Nova Scotia companies and crew. Throughout the next few weeks, our commissioning program will test the connection, communications and electrical systems to confirm energy production and communications with our monitoring devices.
The subsea cable operation marks a significant milestone for global tidal energy development: once grid-connected, it will be the first grid-connected device at FORCE, and the largest in North America. It also marks an important next step forward toward zero-emissions energy produced in Nova Scotia, for Nova Scotians.