Canada awards $4 million grant for 1-MW Bay of Fundy tidal

Sustainable Development Technology Canada awarded a C$4 million (US$3.8 million) grant to Nova Scotia Power for a 1-MW in-stream tidal demonstration project planned for the Bay of Fundy.

The utility’s Bay of Fundy project was among 19 newly approved projects awarded a total of C$48 million (US$46 million), and the only tidal or hydro-related project in the group. Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a foundation created by the government of Canada to support development and demonstration of clean technologies, announced the awards in July. (HNN 8/8/07)

Nova Scotia Power will use the grant to meet part of the costs for its C$12 million (US$10.4 million) project. A consortium that includes Acadia University; the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Center for Ocean Model Development and Applications, at the Bedford Institute of Technology; and OpenHydro Group Ltd. is assisting on the project.

OpenHydro Group Ltd. of Ireland will supply a turbine-generator under contract to Nova Scotia Power. (HNN 3/21/07) The utility chose OpenHydro’s open-center turbine as the result of a request for proposals. The open-center turbine is six meters in diameter, and features a capacity of 250 kW. For this project, Nova Scotia Power plans to apply the technology on a larger scale — to 12 meters in diameter and a capacity of 1 MW.

Nova Scotia Power said it hopes to have the prototype project operating in late 2009, in Minas Passage in the bay. The government describes the bay as home to some of the strongest tidal currents in the world.

Nova Scotia Power says 375 MW of installed in-stream tidal units could yield 150 average MW of generation. The company already owns and operates a 20-MW tidal facility operating since 1984, Annapolis Royal.

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