Clean energy company Nova Innovation has applied to develop a tidal energy array in Petit Passage, in the Bay of Fundy area of Nova Scotia, utilising 100 kilowatt turbines that have been operating in Scotland for over three years.
Courtesy of Nova Innovation
The smaller turbines to be deployed by the project differ in scale to the large turbines proposed in other tidal projects - they reduce engineering, financial and environmental risk, and are better matched to produce value for the strong local supply chain located in Nova Scotia.
The carefully phased plan will see the first device deployed in 2020 and operated to build understanding and confidence of performance and environmental effects. The operation and monitoring will be undertaken in consultation with public and statutory consultees, before proceeding with subsequent phases of the project.
The plans will see Nova build its world-leading technology in Nova Scotia creating new green jobs and establishing Nova’s North American manufacturing centre in the province. It will also reinforce the region’s reputation as a world leading centre in the development of tidal energy, as governments and international bodies strive for cleaner, greener ways to produce energy.
In 2016, Nova successfully delivered the world’s first offshore tidal array at its site in Shetland, Scotland. In 2018, the company worked with Tesla to add energy storage to its tidal technology. This created the world’s first baseload tidal power station with the ability to deliver constant, steady-state power and deliver energy on demand to meet consumer needs.
“We have been working for a number of years towards developing a tidal energy project in Nova Scotia” said Simon Forrest, CEO at Nova Innovation. “If approved, this project will help place Nova Scotia at the forefront of the industry, positioning the province as a global leader and centre of excellence in tidal energy. In addition, the region will benefit from the creation of skilled jobs with Nova and in the wider supply chain. Nova have a strong track record in collaboration and successful project delivery and look forward to working with stakeholders to deliver this exciting project.”
A 30-day consultation on the application started on 30 September 2019.