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Marine Current Turbines, Bluewater Energy to develop 2 MW tidal turbine for Bay of Fundy

Bay of Fundy

Siemens AG subsidiary Marine Current Turbines Ltd. and Bluewater Energy Services B.V. have agreed to develop a 2 MW tidal turbine that will be installed in Canada's Bay of Fundy.

Siemens, which bought the majority interest of MCT in 2012, said the floating tidal current turbines will be the first of their type to be deployed in the bay. The units, called "SeaGen F", will be installed by Canadian project developer Minas Energy. Minas Energy also holds the lease at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) where the units will be installed.

"We at Minas Energy are confident that our partnership with Siemens and Bluewater will set the stage for the emerging tidal industry in Nova Scotia," said John Woods, Vice President of Energy Development. "We will work with government, the public, and all other stakeholders to safely harness the abundant energy in this world-class resources."

Meanwhile, Bluewater will provide experience in designing, manufacturing and installing floating platforms and subsea moorings.

"Over recent years we have used our unique offshore skillset and experience to develop an open-architecture floating platform for tidal turbines," said Michael Bonte, Vice President of Business Development. "We have a fully designed product ready to be validated at full-scale in open sea tidal conditions."

Marine Current Turbines first installed SeaGen units in Northern Ireland before announcing continued testing at the United Kingdom's National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) this past March.

"The floating device, SeaGen F, complements our strategy of a standardized energy conversion chain including powertrain, inverters and transformers for multiple support structures," Siemens Hydro and Ocean Power vice president Kai Koelmel said.

Siemens opened a 25,000 square foot SeaGen manufacturing facility this past April that will produce units initially to be used for the 10-MW Skerries array in Wales and 8-MW Kyle Rhea array in Scotland -- both of which are set for construction beginning in 2015.

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