Black Rock Tidal releases details for Bay of Fundy ocean power project

German marine propulsion manufacturer Schottel has announced details of a 2.5 MW ocean power demonstration berth its subsidiary Black Rock Tidal Power, Inc. plans to install in Canada’s Bay of Fundy.

Black Rock Tidal Power (BRTP) was one of two marine and hydrokinetic technology developers selected by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy in March to deploy an array in the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) site.

Schottel said BRTP will initially install 16 of its “STG” generating units in Spring 2016, giving the project an output capacity of 1.1 MW. The company will add an additional 20 STG units in early 2017.

The generators will be mounted on the “Triton” platform system developed by Tidal Stream Ltd., which is partially owned by Schottel.

The company is also in the process of installing another set of its STG units off the Isle of Wight in England, using a platform developed by British company Sustainable Marine Energy (SME).

“Our tidal turbines are very flexible components,” Schottel representative Niels Lange said. “This is obvious from the variety of projects operating with the turbines, and the trust of our clients and supporters, including the private sector as well as public authorities.”

HydroWorld.com reported earlier this week that Nautricity Ltd. and Fundy Tidal Inc. are also planning a project to be located in the Bay of Fundy.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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