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Tocardo is newest player to test  Bay of Fundy’s tides


DARTMOUTH – A Dutch company is the latest to harness the Bay of Fundy’s potential for renewable tidal energy.

Minas Tidal, a new development entity in Nova Scotia, announced Tuesday at the Nova Scotia Community College in Dartmouth that they have partnered with Minas Energy and Netherlands-based, Tocardo on a new tidal energy project in the Bay of Fundy.

RELATED: Full coverage of Bay of Fundy tidal energy

The new turbines are set to start water testing by fall 2017 and will be anchored at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy’s test sites in Minas Passage. The FORCE berths and four megawatt power purchase agreement had previously been leased to Minas Energy but will now be transferred to Minas Tidal.

Tocardo’s turbines are quite different from those designed for the Cape Sharp project. Rather than Cape Sharp’s circular design the Tocardo turbines have four props, similar to wind turbines, a design quality which will make repairs easier.

“If it fails we can get at this just by boat,” said John Woods, vice-president of Energy Development of Minas Energy.

A major concern with tidal energy has been the potential negative impact on the fisheries industry. Tocardo said they are interested in working with the fishermen, but was clear that both parties have to compromise to best deal with environmental change.

RELATED: Fishermen raise concerns over tidal turbines in Bay of Fundy

“If we want to go to a circular economy and build with nature then we have to accept each other because if we don’t change, (then) nature will change,” Hans Van Breugel, Tocardo president, said Tuesday.

Tocardo plans to discuss supply chain needs with local fabricators, marine contractors and other industry partners in the coming weeks, with plans on a substantial long-term investment in the province.

“In the next five years we expect to invest a couple of hundred million in Nova Scotia,” Breugel said.

-Ben Jamieson, Metro Halifax

Minas Tidal, a new development entity in Nova Scotia, announced Tuesday at the Nova Scotia Community College in Dartmouth that they have partnered with Minas Energy and Netherlands-based, Tocardo on a new tidal energy project in the Bay of Fundy.

RELATED: Full coverage of Bay of Fundy tidal energy

The new turbines are set to start water testing by fall 2017 and will be anchored at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy’s test sites in Minas Passage. The FORCE berths and four megawatt power purchase agreement had previously been leased to Minas Energy but will now be transferred to Minas Tidal.

Tocardo’s turbines are quite different from those designed for the Cape Sharp project. Rather than Cape Sharp’s circular design the Tocardo turbines have four props, similar to wind turbines, a design quality which will make repairs easier.

“If it fails we can get at this just by boat,” said John Woods, vice-president of Energy Development of Minas Energy.

A major concern with tidal energy has been the potential negative impact on the fisheries industry. Tocardo said they are interested in working with the fishermen, but was clear that both parties have to compromise to best deal with environmental change.

RELATED: Fishermen raise concerns over tidal turbines in Bay of Fundy

“If we want to go to a circular economy and build with nature then we have to accept each other because if we don’t change, (then) nature will change,” Hans Van Breugel, Tocardo president, said Tuesday.

Tocardo plans to discuss supply chain needs with local fabricators, marine contractors and other industry partners in the coming weeks, with plans on a substantial long-term investment in the province.

“In the next five years we expect to invest a couple of hundred million in Nova Scotia,” Breugel said.

-Ben Jamieson, Metro Halifax

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