Press Releases


FORCE: Tidal Project Gains New Partner, Green Lights Plans for Observation Facility

Nova Scotia’s tidal energy project welcomes new support from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy) will receive $852,000 from ACOA’s Community Adjustment Fund to assist in the construction of the FORCE observation facility. The land-based facility will overlook the technology test site in the Minas Passage, about 10 Learn More...

FORCE: Nova Scotia’s tidal energy project wins more support

Nova Scotia’s tidal energy project in the Bay of Fundy has won support from the Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Fund. FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy) has been selected in response to a call for proposals under the Clean and Renewable Energy Demonstrations portion of the fund. FORCE is one of 19 successful Learn More...

NS Power and OpenHydro successfully deploy in-stream tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy

HALIFAX/ PARRSBORO – NS Power and its tidal technology partner OpenHydro have successfully deployed the first commercial scale in-stream tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy today. The one-megawatt commercial scale turbine reached the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) deployment site, in the Minas Passage, yesterday afternoon and began preparations for deployment. The turbine Learn More...

Province Welcomes First In-stream Tidal Device

The province welcomes news that the largest in-stream tidal device now in operation in North America has been successfully installed in the Bay of Fundy. Today, Nov. 12, Nova Scotia Power and its technology partner OpenHydro installed their turbine in the Minas Passage area of the Bay of Fundy, about 10 kilometres west of Parrsboro. Learn More...

Province Welcomes Strengthened Tidal Program

Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks welcomed appointments to two new committees today, Oct. 26 that will help guide the work of the tidal demonstration project in the Minas Passage. One committee will provide advice around environmental effects monitoring and the second will serve as a liaison between people involved in the project and the surrounding communities. Learn More...

Demonstration Tidal Energy Project Approved with Conditions

Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau has approved the Fundy tidal power demonstration project, today, Sept. 15. The project is subject to strict conditions to protect the environment. Among the conditions are that Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy is responsible for developing a comprehensive environmental effects monitoring program and establishing an environmental effects advisory committee. The Learn More...

Province Ups Renewable Target; Wheeler to Consult with Public

Aggressive new targets for renewable electricity were announced today, July 28, by acting Energy Minister Frank Corbett. By 2015, 25 per cent of Nova Scotia’s electricity will be supplied by renewable energy. To help figure out how best to reach the targets, the province has asked David Wheeler of Dalhousie University to consult with interested Learn More...

Nova Scotia Welcomes Local Tidal Work

Energy Minister Barry Barnet welcomed news that a Nova Scotia company will be working on the tidal energy demonstration project in the Bay of Fundy. Irish developer OpenHydro announced today, April 30, it has selected Dartmouth-based Cherubini Metal Works to build a subsea base which will provide the foundations required to position the OpenHydro turbine Learn More...

Nova Scotia Welcomes Tidal Project Activity

Energy Minister Barry Barnet welcomed news that Nova Scotia’s in-stream tidal energy project is moving closer to the water. Today, Jan. 22, project partners announced a number of advances, including new tidal technology, a location for turbines in the Bay of Fundy, and an upcoming construction contract. “We applaud these companies for working hard to Learn More...

Province Strengthens Tidal Program

Nova Scotia’s in-stream tidal project is moving closer to the water — and the province is watching carefully. In a report released today, June 26, the province committed up to $2 million for research to ensure tidal devices face close scrutiny before going in the water, and to better understand the tidal resource in the Learn More...