Tidal Energy Opportunities

ad_tidal_animThe Bay of Fundy represents a significant opportunity for tidal energy systems development.

As potentially hundreds of undersea, offshore and land-based energy turbines will be needed to capture this latent renewable energy opportunity, a central location will need to emerge for manufacturing and assembly, testing and deployment as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activities and other related services. In order to transmit this new clean energy to the grid, new transmission infrastructure will need to be built connecting to the Nova Scotia grid and possibly across the Bay to New Brunswick or the State of Maine.

Locating a tidal energy systems fabrication or maintenance, repair and overhaul operations at the Port of Digby would significantly reduce the costs associated with transporting tidal energy system components or completed structures to sites in the Bay. It would also provide significant transportation cost savings for maintenance activities as the tidal energy systems would be worked on close to their deployment location in the Bay of Fundy

FABRICATION

There are advantages to building the energy systems to be used in the Bay of Fundy in the Annapolis Digby Region. The area offers a competitive operating cost structure and an available pool of workers. The Nova Scotia Community College offers numerous courses in electrical systems and electronics as well as metal fabrication. The Port of Digby is strategically located in the region and there is a firm commitment from local stakeholders to position the region as Nova Scotia Fundy Gateway through future expansion and new facilities to meet the needs of this and other marine-related industry. Manufacturers of tidal energy systems would benefit from locating their fabrication facilities in the Annapolis Digby Region.

MAINTENANCE, REPAIR AND OVERHAUL

Tidal energy turbines need to be refurbished every three to four years and the ideal location for this overhaul activity would be in a close location such as Annapolis Digby. Establishing a MRO facility at the Port of Digby to service the industry would be a cost effective and geographically efficient decision. Companies considering such a facility would benefit from a lower cost environment and a variety of supply chain opportunities. Because Digby is equidistant between the urban centres of Halifax in Nova Scotia and Saint John in New Brunswick, it can draw on specialized resources and services from both of these markets.

TESTING AND DEPLOYMENT

The vision of the Bay of Fundy as a renewable energy hotspot will require the deployment of undersea, offshore and land-based energy turbines. The Annapolis Digby Region is an ideal location to act as staging and testing area for the deployment of these systems. There is ample room at the Port of Digby to build out new facilities for docking large barges and storing large energy systems components. A testing facility could be constructed at the port as well.

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