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Nova Scotia awards grant for Bay of Fundy tidal energy center

The Nova Scotia government announced Jan. 8 it awarded a C$4.7 million (US$4.64 million) grant toward the creation of North America's first in-stream tidal technology center in Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy.

The government made the grant from the province's EcoTrust for Clean Air and Climate Change Program. The province plans to make another C$300,000 (US$296,000) available for environmental and permitting work. Additionally, EnCana Corp.'s Environmental Innovation Fund is providing a C$3 million (US$2.96 million) zero-interest loan to help fund the facility. Developers also are to contribute.

Three companies employing various technologies are working toward first occupancy of the facility: Clean Current, using a Clean Current Mark III Turbine; Minas Basin Pulp and Power Co. Ltd., using a UEK Hydrokinetic Turbine; and Nova Scotia Power Inc., using an OpenHydro Turbine. Clean Current and UEK Corp. issued statements January 8 announcing their selection for the program; OpenHydro Group Ltd. received a contract from Nova Scotia Power in 2007. (HNN 3/21/07)

Minas Basin Pulp and Power Co. also proposes to construct the facility infrastructure, connecting all tidal devices from the Bay of Fundy to Nova Scotia's electric grid. The province noted the Bay of Fundy could be the best site for tidal power generation in North America.

In 2007, Sustainable Development Technology Canada awarded a C$4 million (US$3.96 million) grant to Nova Scotia Power to support development of a 1-MW in-stream tidal demonstration project in the Bay of Fundy. Additionally, Maritime Tidal Energy Corp. of Halifax and Marine Current Turbines of Bristol, United Kingdom, propose to deploy a tidal power system in the Bay of Fundy. (HNN 11/13/07)

In the U.S., Pacific Gas &Electric Co. wants to study two wave energy projects that it plans to offer as testing grounds for multiple manufacturers of wave energy generating devices. (HNN 12/18/07) If the Humboldt WaveConnect and Mendocino WaveConnect projects are developed, the utility said they would be the first such sites in North America to allow multiple manufacturers of wave energy conversion devices to demonstrate their equipment at a common site.

Two such testing sites are being developed in the United Kingdom for multiple manufacturers, the Wave Hub scheme in England and the European Marine Energy Center in Scotland. (HNN 7/3/07)

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