Testing a turbine in Grand Passage in 2014 or 2015

Greg Trowse, chief technology officer for Fundy Tidal, at a public meeting in Freeport on Nov. 14, talked about research underway in the Passages and Gut and about the technology that may be in the water as soon as 2015.

Fundy Tidal has reached an agreement with a turbine developer from British Columbia 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.

Clean Current Power Systems wants to test a small turbine - 3.5 metres in diameter for twelve months and Fundy Tidal wants to look at ways to store energy when they are making more than required locally.

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

Fundy Tidal spokesman Dana Morin says they will chose an energy storage technology to match the predicted output of the Clean Current turbine and their own tidal power system design objectives.

Fundy Tidal will also consider economics, proven reliability, and business opportunity when choosing their energy storage partner.

At a public meeting in Freeport on Thursday, Nov. 14, Greg Trowse, the chief technology officer for Fundy Tidal, said that energy storage could be large batteries, compressed air, a centrifugal force machine or some other system.

Clean Current and Fundy Tidal are currently working together with Acadia University on a site assessment project.

The initial phases will involve selecting the turbine berth site and providing design criteria for the tidal power system.

 The final phase will include tidal turbine monitoring, evaluating the effects of the turbines on the natural flow, and checking and improving site assessment predictions.

The project is funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) under their ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative.

“This is another significant step in Fundy Tidal’s goal to play a leading role in initiating tidal energy R and D activities in Digby County and seeing our COMFIT projects come to fruition,” says Vince Stuart, Fundy Tidal President. “We consider Clean Current to be a leading tidal turbine developer in Canada and are very pleased they have chosen to work with us in Nova Scotia to test their latest technology.”

 Clean Current is also happy with the arrangement says their president Christopher Gora.

“We at Clean Current are excited to work with Fundy Tidal, a pioneer in the effort to harness the tremendous potential tidal energy in Nova Scotia,” says Gora.   “The tidal power system project is an important step on the path to realizing that potential, providing invaluable experience in site assessment, deployment and operation of tidal power systems.”

Story by: Jonathon Riley

The Digby County Courier

November 18, 2013