Tocardo To Test Turbines In Bay Of Fundy
Dutch wave turbine company Tocardo is to harness the world’s strongest currents. The company will deploy four 250kW-rated T2 bi-directional turbines in the Bay of Fundy in Canada by the end of 2017.
Extreme tidal range
The turbines will be located in the bay’s Minas Passage which has currents exceeding 8 knots. It’s the ultimate challenge, tidal flow in the Minas Passage is stronger than all the rivers and streams on Earth put together. The Bay of Fundy is famous for its extreme tidal range of 16 metres (compared to the average for the world’s oceans of 1 metre) caused by its unique funnel shape and ideal length.
Tocardo has joined forces with Minas Energy and International Marine Energy Inc (IME) in a new collaboration for the project called Minas Tidal Limited Partnership (MTLP) or Minas Tidal for short. The collaboration will consult with local suppliers and stakeholders, such as contractors, First Nation communities and fisheries, in accordance with Canadian regulations.
The Dutch technology will be tested by Canada’s leading research institute for in-stream turbine technology - the aptly named Fundy Ocean Resource Centre for Energy (FORCE). In-water testing is expected to begin at the end of 2017.
The turbines will be attached to Tocardo’s semi-submersible Universal Floating Platform Structure to form a 1MW system held in place by curved mooring systems.
Minas Energy’s leasehold rights to the berth site at FORCE, along with a 4 megawatt power purchase agreement (awarded in December 2014) will be transferred to Minas Tidal.
A decade of experience
Tocardo has been developing and deploying its tidal turbines in rivers and ocean environments for over a decade.