Nova Scotia Small Tidal Test Center: Establishing a Business Case – RFP Awarded

Posted on November 8th, in Bay of Fundy, Tidal Energy.

The Nova Scotia Department of Energy (NSDOE) is committed to the sustainable development of Nova Scotia’s tidal energy potential to the benefit of all its citizens.  Both the provincial and federal governments have in the past, and continue to make research and infrastructure investments to ensure the economic benefits of this emerging industry will be captured by Nova Scotia’s technology and service providers.

Commissioned by the NSDOE and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the OERA has awarded the Nova Scotia Small Tidal Test Center – Establishing a Business Case to Shelley MacDougall of S.L. MacDougall Research & Consulting; Greg Trowse, Luna Ocean Consulting; Richard Karsten, Acadia Tidal Energy Institute and Darren Hayes, Dare Technology (Ireland).

A preliminary review of small scale test sites elsewhere in the world suggests that few if any are open to multiple developers; most were established as test facilities on behalf of a single turbine or project developer. These sites do not have quayside and offshore infrastructure that would attract multiple project developers along with associated supporting services such as site assessment and monitoring expertise and technology, marine operations, transmission and electricity storage engineering, and related subjects. NDOE is interested in exploring a variety of small scale, tidal energy test center opportunities in Nova Scotia, with a focus on the economic benefits that might accrue from developing a small scale test facility.