Fundy Ocean Research Center For Energy News

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Schottel Merges Tidal Units to Sustainable Marine Energy

developed by Schottel, in-conjunction with its platform and anchoring solutions, to offer an integrated solution to the market. SME will also be continuing the development of projects in Nova Scotia, Canada that will be used to prove up its products, including the 5MW berth at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) that was awarded to Schottel in 2014.SME’s management and engineering teams are based in Edinburgh. The Schottel Hydro team responsible for the design and delivery of the instream turbines will continue to be based in Spay, Germany; co-located with Schottel GmbH, who

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NRCAN Grant Triggers Major Investment in the Bay of Fundy

scale in one of the most energetic tidal sites in the world”. Mr. De Pietro was also keen to acknowledge the backing which the industry has received from the Province of Nova Scotia to date in addition to its ongoing support. “The Nova Scotia Department of Energy and FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy) have been driving the development of tidal energy in the province. The establishment of the FORCE facility and provision of an enabling Feed-In Tariff have contributed greatly to bringing us to this important milestone’. Mr. De Pietro concluded that he is excited with the prospect

FAST-3 underwater sensor platform gets ready for deployment near the FORCE test site in the Minas Passage, NS (Photo: FORCE)

New Monitoring Platform Launched in Minas Passage

A new underwater monitoring platform has been deployed in the world’s highest tides, designed to capture environmental data from the Bay of Fundy.   “FAST-3,” the third sensor platform built and deployed by the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE), was successfully lowered to the sea floor in the Minas Passage on Friday, February 2.   “FORCE was created to explore whether in-stream tidal energy can be a safe, viable alternative to fossil fuel use, and help protect our ecosystem from the long term impacts of climate change,” said FORCE general

FAST 1 platform with the Dalhousie and FORCE field teams (left to right - Richard Cheel, Alex Hay, Joel Culina, Ben Feltmate, Murray Scotney). (Photo: Darren Pittman)

FORCE Uses ASL's Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler

The Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) purchased one of ASL's single frequency 125 kHz Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profilers (AZFP) autonomous scientific echosounder for deployment on their instrumented mooring platform in Minas Passage in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia.   FORCE is a Canadian center for in-stream tidal energy technology demonstration, located in the Bay of Fundy. The tidal flow through the Minas Passage boasts 14 billion metric tons of water, moving at speeds in excess of five meters per second. Understanding this powerful environment is critical to successful turbine

FAST-1 recovered by Dominion Victory (Image: FORCE)

New Site Data Collected for Fundy Tidal Project

Efforts to understand the unique environmental conditions in the Minas Passage of the Bay of Fundy are moving forward.   After a 27-day sea trial, a team comprised of staff at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) working in concert with crew on the Dominion Victory have successfully recovered an underwater monitoring platform, known as FAST-1.   “To explore the energy potential in the Bay of Fundy responsibly, we have to understand it,” said FORCE general manager Tony Wright. “We’re building a series of subsea instrument platforms that will give us a

Partnership Seeks New Tidal Sensor Technologies

data from each sensor to be integrated into a fish and marine mammal data set. The system will improve the ‘real-time’ detection and tracking of fish and marine mammals at tidal sites in the Bay of Fundy. Specifically, testing will be done at the Cape Sharp Tidal berth at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) site.   “Environmental stewardship and research are an important component of building a vibrant tidal sector in Nova Scotia,” said Chris Huskilson, President and CEO of Emera Inc. “We look forward to collaborating with our partners to gain a deeper

Subsea power cable being installed at FORCE. (Photo: FORCE)

FORCE Prepares for Turbines, Expands Team

With 10 kilometers of power cables installed in the Bay of Fundy, a new environmental monitoring program in development, and turbines set for deployment in the near future, the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) announced new board and staff support.   FORCE welcomes Joe Fitzharris as the chair of the board of directors. Fitzharris is Quality Manager at AMEC Black and McDonald, and has previously held senior management positions at Marener Group of Companies and Irving Shipbuilding. Joe has previously served as an independent director at FORCE, and chair of the Maritimes Energy

Dr. Sue Molly (Photo: BRTP)

BRTP Hires Molloy as General Manager

Black Rock Tidal Power (BRTP), a SCHOTTEL HYDRO company, said it continues to honor its commitment to hire local as Dr. Sue Molloy has been brought on board as General Manager to guide the company as it grows from its first project with the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) to be a leader in Canadian tidal power.   Molloy, who received her doctorate in Naval Architectural and Ocean Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland, is a Canadian expert in tidal power representing Canada on a number of standards and research committees.   Prof. Dr. Gerhard Jensen, CEO of

“Using passive  sonar reflective technologies, we will work with QPS to investigate ways to calibrate sea floor scatter data sets in the field.”     Dr. Craig Brown,  Nova Scotia Community College

Seafloor Mapping Aids Safety & Efficiency

the grain size, we know the geology. We will put on one of these devices and run over the site and see if that approach can be used to help correct the intensity levels of the backscatter mosaic.” Several industries working in the oceans rely heavily on accurate sea floor maps. Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) realizes the importance of sea floor mapping and will continue to rely on it as it pushes for with harnessing energy from the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.  “Mapping the sea floor has been critical to every decision we&rsquo

FORCE: Tidal Project Begins Construction on Subsea Platform

Understanding the Bay of Fundy’s powerful tides is getting easier thanks to a new advanced sensor platform being built for the Minas Passage. Simon Melrose, the platform project manager for the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE), speaking at the Nova Scotia Energy Research and Development Forum, announced construction contracts for a new underwater platform designed to measure the tide in real time via cable connection – a breakthrough for Nova Scotia’s tidal energy efforts. “To harness the enormous power of the Bay of Fundy, we have to understand it,” said

Tidal Project Begins Construction on Subsea Platform

Understanding the Bay of Fundy's powerful tides is getting easier, thanks to  a new advanced sensor platform being built for the Minas Passage. Simon Melrose, the platform project manager for the Fundy Ocean Research  Center for Energy (FORCE), speaking at the Nova Scotia Energy Research and  Development Forum today, announced construction contracts for a new  underwater platform designed to measure the tide in real time via cable  connection - a breakthrough for Nova Scotia's tidal energy efforts. "To harness the enormous power of the Bay of Fundy, we have to

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