Thursday, 28 August 2014

Nautricity - Fundy Tidal sign a MoU to develop tidal energy at Petit Passage, Nova Scotia

Digby County, Nova Scotia Canada- June 24, 2014- Nautricity Ltd. and Fundy Tidal Inc. (Fundy Tidal) are pleased to announce the signing of an MOU to develop a 500kW tidal project in Nova Scotia, Canada’s Petit Passage.

Nautricity is completing system testing of its CoRMaT and Hydro-buoy technologies at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) off the Orkney Islands in Scotland. The project at Petit Passage provides flows similar to those at the EMEC site and approach the speeds found at the FORCE site in Nova Scotia.

“We are delighted with the opportunity to partner with Fundy Tidal on the delivery of this important project,” says Cameron Johnstone, CEO of Nautricity. “This is a great platform to demonstrate how new approaches to the development of tidal energy projects can deliver benefit to both Nova Scotia and Scottish companies. The opportunity for tidal development around the world is immense, and Scotland and Nova Scotia have some of the best resources and best developed regulatory regimes anywhere.”

Vince Stuart, President of Fundy Tidal stated “We have been in discussions with Nautricity for a couple of years and are most pleased that both our companies have evolved to the stage where we are now formerly working together in the delivery of the Petit Passage project. This partnership is a concrete example of the desire of both the Scottish and Nova Scotia governments and industry to foster collaboration on marine energy developments.”


Second Public Meeting Announced for Request for public input on potential locations for tidal turbines in Grand Passage

May 16, 2014

A second meeting in addition to the one being held in Freeport at 11 AM Sunday, May 18th has been set for Thursday, June 5th at 7:15 PM at the Westport Community Hall to enable as many people to participate as possible. Please see the original notice for further details.


Where's the whale? There's an app for that!

May 26, 2014

Funding awarded for collaborative marine life observation program including Grand Passage, Petit Passage, Digby Gut and adjacent waters.

The Nova Scotia Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) awarded funding to Fundy Tidal Inc. (Fundy Tidal), the Canadian Whale Institute (CWI), and Conserve.iO for a marine life observation program including public participation. Free smart phone applications will be available to public ("citizen scientists"), whale tour operators, and other users (including trained dedicated observers) to participate in recording marine life observations for tidal energy and other scientific purposes. Observations will be uploaded to a common online database, and users will be able to assess species composition, distribution, abundance and seasonality. The program will enhance efforts currently underway by local whale and seabird tour operators.


Request for public input on potential locations for tidal turbines in Grand Passage

May 01, 2014

Fundy Tidal is seeking public input on potential locations for tidal turbines in Grand Passage.  Turbine locations will be selected based on many factors, including community input, flow speeds, depth, seabed, waves, marine life, fishing zones, and acceptable infringement on navigation.  Fundy Tidal is currently assessing these factors working in collaboration with Dalhousie University, Acadia University, University of New Brunswick, Dynamic Systems Analysis, and Clean Current Power Systems.

A 1-year demonstration is planned with a turbine from Clean Current, with deployment scheduled for spring 2015.  The Clean Current turbine is 3.5 m in diameter and has a rated power of 65 kW.  The turbine would supply approximately 130,000 kWh of energy annually, which is enough to power approximately 6 to 8 homes. The Clean Current turbine is shown on Figure 1, and more information is available at


Partnership formed to establish tidal and community energy R&D facilities in Digby County, Nova Scotia

Ottawa, Nova Scotia Canada - November 19, 2013 – The Municipality of Digby, the Town of Digby and Fundy Tidal Inc. (Fundy Tidal) have entered into an agreement to develop the “Digby Community Energy Trust” to coordinate resources and investment into infrastructure in support of research, development and commercialization of tidal power systems and services in the region.

The Trust also seeks to provide the core operating costs for the “Digby Community Energy Centre” which will provide ongoing testing and demonstration capabilities across the three Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) project sites awarded to Fundy Tidal by the Province of Nova Scotia.

Fundy Tidal received COMFIT approvals for projects in Digby County (1.95 MW in Digby Gut and 500 kW in each of Grand Passage and Petit Passage) and in Cape Breton (100 kW in Barra Strait and 500 kW in Great Bras d’Or Channel).

“The Municipality of the District of Digby is proud to play a role in the development of this up and coming industry.   Tidal development is seen as a pivotal economic driver for the municipality and more importantly for the province and for Canada.  This announcement fits well with our goal of becoming the “Greenest County in Nova Scotia”.  We look forward to working with all of the partners in establishing Digby as a major player in this development,”   stated Warden Linda Gregory.


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