Nova Scotia, Canada
Sustainable Marine commenced a demonstration project in Grand Passage, in 2018. The passage between Brier and Long Island on the Digby neck provides an ideal environment for testing and evaluating the performance of tidal energy platforms. Its also provides us the opportunity to develop and test important enabling technologies such as environmental monitoring systems and develop a better understanding of how the system interacts with the environment around it. We recognize and appreciate that this area is a popular tourist destination due to the abundant marine life including sea birds, dolphins, harbour porpoise, and whales. We are committed to co-existing with these magnificent marine animals and other stakeholders in the area.
Since 2018, we have been testing the PLAT-I 4.63 (280kW) floating tidal energy platform, which was previously deployed in Connel, Scotland. This has enabled us to prove and improve our technology, which has contributed to the design of our next generation PLAT-I 6.40 (420kW) floating tidal energy platform that will be utilized to deliver up to 9MW of tidal energy into Nova Scotia's power grid. The first of these platforms was recently launched and will be tested extensively at Grand Passage in preparation for the Pempa’q In-stream Tidal Energy Project at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE).
After receiving a license from the NS Department of Energy and Mines in 2020, Sustainable Marine is now able to feed up to 700kW into the Nova Scotia grid. The construction of the substation has been completed and we will be installing an underwater cable to connect our platform to the substation in 2021.