If tidal technology moves from R&D towards larger-scale development, turbine reliability will become a critical feature to long-term viability.
The FORCE test site may represent the ultimate test of reliability – the Bay of Fundy has been called the “Everest” of tidal energy.
Tidal devices operating in here endure tides moving at speeds up to 5 metres per second, rising up to 16 metres vertically, and expanding up to 5 kilometres horizontally. During peak flows, turbines will experience forces similar to a class 4 hurricane – under the water.
If a turbine can produce power under those conditions, and produce it safely and reliably, it has met the Fundy Standard.