FORCE Wins Funding, Enhances Research, Monitoring, Communication
Canada’s efforts to become a world leader in the safe development of tidal energy technology continue.
The Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) has been awarded $835,000 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to strengthen its research and monitoring efforts.
“To harness the enormous power of the Bay of Fundy responsibly, we have to understand it,” said FORCE general manager Tony Wright. “This funding will advance improve our ability to get good site data in the challenging conditions of the Minas Passage, and help us better understand the interaction between tidal technology and the environment.”
The funding supports:
— fish and mammal hydro-acoustic sensor research, monitoring equipment, and data collection
— underwater monitoring platform deployment and recovery
— IT infrastructure and internet capability upgrades
— enhanced data display of environmental data, both at the FORCE visitor centre and online
“Many ocean sensors were not designed to operate in the extreme high flows at the FORCE site in the Minas Passage,” said Wright. “This program will help take ocean monitoring to the next level, with involvement by local companies with world class expertise in ocean technology – proving Canada has the skills to lead this industry.”
FORCE’s expanded IT capabilities will provide an unprecedented opportunity to evaluate the potential of marine life monitoring equipment, offering equipment developers and scientists real-time internet access to site data.
FORCE is grateful for ACOA’s support, which now exceeds $1.6M since 2009, and has enabled both the science investment above, as well as the construction of the visitor centre, which has welcomed over 19,000 people since opening in 2011.
The program was approved in March and is expected to run through 2017.
FORCE is Canada’s lead centre for in-stream tidal energy technology demonstration, located in the Bay of Fundy. FORCE collaborates with industry, government, and researchers to study the interaction between tidal turbines and the Fundy environment, providing research, environmental monitoring, and the electrical infrastructure to deliver power to the grid. FORCE receives funding support from the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, and participating developers.
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