But Clean Current no longer involved in Fundy test this year
The Atlantic Hemlock tows the barge that lowered a tidal turbine into the Bay of Fundy in 2009. Clean Current Power Systems and Alstom are no longer involved in a plan to put a test turbine into the water this year. (ERIC WYNNE / Staff)
A Vancouver tidal power developer says it remains interested in Nova Scotia ventures, even though it won’t be involved in putting a turbine in the Bay of Fundy this year.
But the two companies recently announced that they were terminating their 2009 licensing agreement.
Clean Current president Chris Gora said Tuesday his company is continuing to develop smaller-scale turbines, which it hopes could be included in other proposed tidal projects in the province.
“We believe that we’re a good fit for at least some of the sites being considered,” Gora said of ventures proposed as part of the province’s community feed-in tariff program.
Tidal energy developer
Fundy Tidal of Westport has approved COMFIT projects in Digby County and the Great Bras d’Or Channel in Cape Breton.
Dana Morin, Fundy Tidal’s director of business development, said the company is still talking with various would-be partners.
“Their proposed technology development pathway does fit well with our timelines and device requirements,” Morin said of Clean Current.
“I am sure we will be having further discussions in the months ahead.”
Gora said Clean Current is interested in producing a larger turbine down the road and may be back at the Minas Passage test site, which the non-profit Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy operates.
Alstom, meanwhile, still has a spot at the test site.
But a Montreal spokeswoman couldn’t say when a tidal device may go in the water.
Alstom is still in the process of acquiring United Kingdom energy developer
Tidal Generation from Rolls-Royce as part of deal announced last fall.
“We’re committed to ocean energy, but with the ongoing process for the acquisition of TGL, we still need time to finish the analysis of the technology and the environmental conditions,” Alstom’s Michelle Stein said.
Alstom also has to determine whether a potential Tidal Generation device would work in the Bay of Fundy, she said.
A centre spokesman said FORCE doesn’t expect a turbine in the water this year.
But Matt Lumley said the centre will continue with plans to lay the $11-million subsea cable needed to connect devices to the grid.
“Our target is to have the first of four cables in the water during the first half of this year.”
Turbine projects have also been proposed by
Minas Basin Pulp and Power of Hantsport and U.K. partner Marine Current Turbines, and by the U.K.’s Atlantis Resources, partnered with Lockheed Martin Canada and Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax.
A fourth berth, vacated by Nova Scotia Power in 2011, is expected to be filled later this year.