Press Releases


Marine Advisory: updated

Cape Sharp Tidal has informed FORCE that they are preparing for turbine retrieval over the coming days (weather depending). The turbine retrieval will involve work in the Parrsboro area, including the FORCE test site and West Bay. During the retrieval, the subsea cable will be disconnected with the Beaver Barge, then the turbine will be Learn More...

FORCE issues interim monitoring report following turbine deployment

Canada’s efforts to better understand the potential for in-stream tidal technology to contribute to clean energy goals continue to move forward. The Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) has entered a phase of environmental effects monitoring with a demonstration turbine on site; FORCE’s first interim monitoring report is now available online. The “Environmental Effects Learn More...

Community Update

Join us for an update from FORCE and meet the team! FORCE invites you to an informal evening featuring short updates from our staff. You’ll hear info on environmental monitoring, FAST platforms, as well as having the opportunity to meet team members participating in our various programs. Please come to learn what’s happening and ask Learn More...

New Monitoring Platform Launched in Minas Passage, Enhances Fish Research

[NOTE: images + video linked below] A new underwater monitoring platform has been deployed in the world’s highest tides, designed to capture environmental data from the Bay of Fundy. “FAST-3,” the third sensor platform built and deployed by the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE), was successfully lowered to the sea floor in the Learn More...

Power On: CSTV Generates First In-stream Tidal Energy at FORCE

Nova Scotia homes and businesses are now powered by Canada’s first grid connected in-stream tidal turbine. Cape Sharp Tidal, a partnership between Emera and OpenHydro/DCNS, deployed its two-megawatt turbine two weeks ago at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) test site near Parrsboro. This milestone marks a turning point for Canada’s renewable energy Learn More...

FORCE Announces New Chair and Director

Please note: hi-res image below (Halifax, NS) Nova Scotia’s efforts to responsibly harness the power of the Bay of Fundy take another step forward today with the appointments of a new board director and a new board chair to the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE). FORCE is pleased to welcome new board chair Janet MacMillan and independent board Learn More...

Cape Sharp Tidal Deploys First 2MW Turbine at FORCE

Nov 7, 2016: From Cape Sharp Tidal: “Today at 10:40AM, Cape Sharp Tidal safely deployed the first OpenHydro Open-Centre turbine at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) near Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. The operation—our first attempt—was completed in one tidal cycle, while holding station in the Crown Lease Area. Atlantic Towing’s Kingfisher towed the Scotia Learn More...

FAST Underwater Platform Completes Successful Sea Trial, Adds To Site Data

[VIDEO + IMAGES available below] Efforts to understand the unique environmental conditions in the Minas Passage of the Bay of Fundy are moving forward. After a 27-day sea trial, a team comprised of staff at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) working in concert with crew on the Dominion Victory have successfully recovered Learn More...

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 Learn More...

Advisory: Continuing Marine Activity at FORCE

FORCE and its partners continue a period of frequent and ongoing activity at locations including the Parrsboro wharf, West Bay, and the FORCE site in the Minas Passage. These activities relate to ongoing environmental monitoring at the site as well as the deployment and operations of the Fundy Advanced Sensor Technology (FAST) Program. The FAST Program Learn More...