Bay Of Fundy News

Philip Adams, Director UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Photo: UMass Dartmouth.

Pioneering Ocean Energy Innovation in New England: Wind and Water

journey to harness wave power to pump water ashore for desalination, providing clean potable water - a valuable commodity globally. Lindsay Bennet, of the FORCE program in Canada, talked about their massive program, funded largely by the Canadian government to characterize the tidal resource in the Bay of Fundy and work with world experts to test turbines at commercial scale. Many, many lessons have been learned there, principally, that it takes a lot of collaboration to harness tidal power in the Bay of Fundy.  “When you are putting up a shed in your back yard, said Steve Barrett of Barret

Photo courtesy of Prysmian Group

New Submarine Cable System for Canada

, the largest electric utility in the Atlantic Canada based in the province of New Brunswick. The Fundy Isles Project involves the development of a new submarine cable link which will allow the upgrade of the capacity of the existing submarine transmission system in the Passamaquoddy Region of the Bay of Fundy.The new power cable link will connect Deer Island, Campobello Island and Grand Manan Island to the mainland power grid in the Canadian province.Prysmian Group will be responsible for the design, manufacture and installation of a 300 mm² 69 kV three-core submarine cable system with XLPE insulation

Photo: DP Energy

NRCAN Grant Triggers Major Investment in the Bay of Fundy

The next wave of tidal energy development at the FORCE facility in the Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia has been triggered by a substantial grant of $29,750,000 under the Emerging Renewable Power Program (ERPP) from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).European based renewable energy developer DP Energy is managing two berths in the Bay of Fundy through its Canadian registered company, Halagonia Tidal Energy Limited. It intends to develop both berths together as a single project under the banner Uisce Tapa (pronounced Ish ka Ta Pa) which means fast running water in Gaelic. The Project plans to incorporate 5

(Photo: Eric Haun)

Canada to Study Shipping's Environmental Impact

to understand key concerns related to marine shipping. The collaboration will ultimately ensure the decision on which assessment tool to use is based on facts.Data will be collected in six pilot sites: Northern British Columbia, Southern British Columbia, the St. Lawrence River (Quebec), the Bay of Fundy (New Brunswick), the South Coast of Newfoundland, and Cambridge Bay (Nunavut).This $95,000 investment is part of the $9.3 million Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping Initiative under the Oceans Protection Plan. Engagement with Indigenous and coastal communities to outline a framework for this

PLAT-I and the 15m Meercat workboat “Venetia” prior to disconnection from the mooring system during the demobilisation operation. Photo: ©SCHOTTEL HYDRO

PLAT-I: Renewable Energy for Canada

Passage deployment will increase scientific understanding of marine animal behaviour near the platform and provide a test bed for environmental monitoring systems. The results of the second phase of testing will provide regulators with more information to evaluate future tidal energy projects in the Bay of Fundy.Back in Scotland, the PLAT-I platform is being prepared for shipping to Canada. The platform was towed away from the Connel Bridge site on the June 7th by the 15m Meercat workboat “Venetia”. The platform is expected to be Canada bound on a container ship by mid-July

InSTREAM Project Characterizes and Models Turbulence

of a sensor system that combined acoustic (Doppler), and non-acoustic (electro-magnetic and shear probe) technology to create a system that could be used in both laboratory and field applications. The system was successfully deployed at the FloWaveTT Energy Research Facility and in the Minas Passage, Bay of Fundy. Numerical simulations - representing the measured tank and field conditions - were then performed.    Key Outcomes As expected, the InSTREAM project found significant differences between the turbulence characteristics in the tank and in the field. The 3D eddies observed in the field

Tocardo International uses the Signature1000 to verify the performance of their turbines. The data from the instrument also helps Tocardo check the correct orientation of the blades. (Image: Nortek AS)

Optimizing the Tides

how the turbines interact. The data will back the future upscaling and the commercial rollout of tidal projects across the world. An example of this is the recent announcement of Tocardo’s first offshore tidal array with four one Megawatt Universal Floating Structures (UFS) in Canada’s Bay of Fundy, in collaboration with Minas Energy and International Marine Energy Inc (IME). In late 2017, four 250kW-rated T2 bi-directional turbines were deployed in the Minas Passage within the bay. The turbines will be attached to Tocardo’s semi-submersible Universal Floating Platform Structure

SCHOTTEL HYDRO Evolves Tidal Energy Strategy

SCHOTTEL HYDRO turbine technology and power take-off systems to tidal energy projects in Canada and globally. Following a comprehensive review, BRTP will initially plan to use smaller floating platforms, such as Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd.`s (SME) PLAT-I platform, for its FORCE project in the Bay of Fundy.    “SCHOTTEL HYDRO and its subsidiaries remain convinced about the positive future of the tidal energy sector in Nova Scotia, and around the world. We remain committed to tidal energy power generation and firmly believe in its viability. We will initially focus on modular, scalable

(Photo: Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative)

Tidal Energy Test Site Installed in Cape Cod Canal

energy output. What’s unique about this test stand is that it is pre-permitted, easily accessed by small boat or crane from shore, and can be customized. The water velocity is in the 4 knot range which will enable developers who are aiming toward areas with higher water velocities such as the Bay of Fundy for example, to make invaluable design improvements before scaling up.   Several turbine developers have expressed interest in using this site to obtain data on their devices that are being aimed at remote, portable applications such as replacing diesel power generation for islands or for

Chamber of Marine Commerce Statement on Right Whale Necropsy Results

and alters routes in critical whale habitats, regularly collects important data for scientists and helps test new technology such as the early-warning whale alert system under development by a scientific group being hosted at Dalhousie University. Past measures taken in critical habitat such as the Bay of Fundy in 2003 have reduced the threat of ship strikes to North Atlantic right whales by more than 80 per cent. Ships have also taken voluntary protection measures around Saguenay Fjord and the St. Lawrence Estuary, including reducing their speed in whale feeding grounds and avoiding a sensitive area

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