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article imageTidal Power Project Possible for Nova Scotia, Bay of Fundy

By Bob Ewing     Nov 8, 2007 in Technology
A United Kingdom firm wants to use its technology to harness the power produced by the tides of the Bay of Fundy off the coast of Nova Scotia. they have entered into a joint agreement with a Nova Scotia firm to achieve this.
The Bay of Fundy, along the Nova Scotia coast, is well known to have the some of the highest tide in the world. A United Kingdom firm, Marine Current Turbines (MCT), who are the developers of SeaGen, want to help harness that power and to achieve this aim have signed a deal with Canada's Maritime Tidal Energy Corporation (MTEC).
The two organizations will be submitting a joint proposal to the Nova Scotia Department of Energy. The proposal will recommend the deployment of the SeaGen technology in the Bay of Fundy.
Martin Wright is a managing director of MCT and he said, "working with MTEC in Canada, we will be using our unrivalled knowledge and experience from our 1.2 MW SeaGen commercial tidal system as well as our previous work with our 300kW SeaFlow tidal project in the Bristol Channel, the world's first offshore tidal stream device, to tap the massive potential that exists in the Bay of Fundy."
“When the tide is flowing through the 6-kilometre wide narrows between Cape Split and Parrsboro, Nova Scotia,” reports MTEC, “it moves at speeds of up to 14 kilometers per hour; and 14 billion tonnes of water move through this area every 6 1/4 hours.”
Jo Verdi, MCT’s commercial director, says that the project will depend on government support: “the grid capacity that’s there is about 3MW, and we hope to be a part of this, but it depends on potential support that we can get. In Canada energy is cheap, they have lots of coal and gas and they are blessed with hydro power; so we need some kind of meaningful incentive to compete with this. I’m very excited and looking forward to it but the marine industry is together in that it needs more help to make this technology commercially viable in Nova Scotia.”
MTEC representative Ron Scott said “MTEC can become a front runner in terms of in-stream tidal power development for the Bay of Fundy, and eventually elsewhere in the Atlantic Provinces and North America. This is a golden opportunity for Nova Scotia, which the Nova Scotia Government fully recognizes, to provide the lead in marine energy generation in North America, moving away from carbon based fuel systems."
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