Fundy Tidal signs partner for Petit Passage turbine deployment

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier
Published on June 24, 2014

Petit Passage, Digby County

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Fundy Tidal has teamed up with a Scottish tidal technology company to deploy a turbine in Petit Passage.

The local tidal energy developer with approval to develop tidal energy projects in Grand Passage, Petit Passage and Digby Gut announced today, June 24, the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Nautricity, a tidal energy technology developer based in Glasgow, Scotland developing next generation tidal energy solutions.

The two companies will develop a 500-kilowatt tidal project together in Petit Passage between Long Island and Digby Neck in Digby County.

The companies expect to deploy a turbine in Petit Passage in late summer next year.

The MOU not only facilitates the delivery of this important project, but provides for collaboration on a wide range of issues from grid connection and storage, to participating in research and development initiatives at both Scottish and Nova Scotia universities.

Nautricity is completing system testing of tidal technologies at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) off the Orkney Islands in Scotland. The project at Petit Passage provides flows similar to those at the EMEC site and approach the speeds found at the FORCE site in Nova Scotia.

“We are delighted with the opportunity to partner with Fundy Tidal on the delivery of this important project,” says Cameron Johnstone, CEO of Nautricity. “This is a great platform to demonstrate how new approaches to the development of tidal energy projects can deliver benefit to both Nova Scotia and Scottish companies. The opportunity for tidal development around the world is immense, and Scotland and Nova Scotia have some of the best resources and best developed regulatory regimes anywhere.”

Vince Stuart, president of Fundy Tidal said they have been in discussions with Nautricity for a couple of years.

“We are most pleased that both our companies have evolved to the stage where we are now formerly working together in the delivery of the Petit Passage project,” he said. “This partnership is a concrete example of the desire of both the Scottish and Nova Scotia governments and industry to foster collaboration on marine energy developments.”

Nova Scotia’s Minister of Energy, Andrew Younger says he is pleased with the collaboration.

“This is an example of the kind of collaboration and partnerships we are promoting and developing between Nova Scotia and Scottish companies and universities,” he said.

Scotland’s Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing is delighted too.

“Scotland is a world leader in the developing market in wave and tidal stream energy,” he said. “We are fortunate to have home grown technologies and excellent green energy resources and this is the type of cooperation and collaboration that is needed to drive the tidal stream industry forward globally.”

Fundy Tidal also announced an agreement with a Britsh Columbia company last November to test and demonstrate a tidal power system – including a turbine, energy storage system and system controls that balance power production with community power use in Grand Passage, between Long and Brier Islands.

That project could see a small turbine in Grand Passage in the fall of 2014 or spring of 2015.