FORCE invites proposals for additional developer in Minas Passage

Tidal energy testing is increasing in the Bay of Fundy, with Energy Minister Charlie Parker inviting a fourth tidal energy developer to contribute to the testing efforts in the Bay of Fundy.

Tidal energy testing is currently being performed in the Minas Passage of the Bay of Fundy by the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE), a non-profit tidal energy partnership that promotes professionals from a variety of industries to study turbines and their use in the Bay of Fundy.

In an announcement at the Ocean Renewable Energy Group’s 2012 annual conference, Energy Minister Parker states, “Our tidal energy test facility is a leading centre for research that is helping develop a technology that can withstand the most powerful tides in the world. Now another developer will have an opportunity to test its technology and contribute to our understanding of how these devices interact with the marine environment.”

Solicitation is open for proposals from developers to test single or multiple units, up to 5 MW, according to a release by FORCE. The selected developer will partner with developers already in place -- Alstom, Minas Basin Pulp and Power, and Atlantis -- in the Minas Passage. Power generated from the sites will be transmitted via a subsea cable.

The deadline for proposals is March 31, 2013. Additional information can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders or fundyforce.ca.

HydroWorld.com recently reported on another round of tidal testing off the coast of New Jersey.

And in other ocean energy news, Australia-based Carnegie Wave Energy is seeking funding to employ its own wave power generation system.

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