The Maine-based Halcyon Tidal Power company created a Nova Scotia branch called Scots Bay Tidal Power Ltd. and proposed installing up to 34 turbines to harness tidal power.
CAPE SHARP TIDAL
Cape Sharp Tidal is a tidal energy project currently ongoing at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy in Parrsboro. The project is a joint venture headed by Emera Inc. and OpenHydro.
Nov. 4, 2016:
November 21, 2016:
- Cape Sharp Tidal installs first turbine at FORCE site in Parrsboro, starts producing electricity
- Protestors gather against tidal project
April 5, 2017:
April 27, 2017:
May 3, 2017:
June 15, 2017:
- Multiple sources confirm 2018 deployment of second turbine delayed as both turbines receive maintenance in Saint John
BIG MOON POWER
This Halifax-based company was founded former Xerox CEO Lynn Blodgett in January 2015 after he conceived the company’s now-devised Kinetic Keel system, which uses a keel instead of a turbine to generate energy.
- Multiple sources report first phase of prototype testing conducted in the Minas Basin
- Multiple sources report BMP founder Lynn Blodgett’s announcement of the new Kinetic Keel system to create tidal power without using turbines
- Tests begin in the Minas Passage and Bigmoon Power starts consulting with weir fishermen
- Consultations with Huntleys begin
- Second phase of prototype testing begins
- Nova Scotia Department of Energy approves two “marine renewable energy” permits for Bigmoon Power to begin testing keel prototypes
July 3, 2018:
- BMP holds meeting in Scots Bay to announce tidal project is moving forward, installing gravity base July 4. Hoping to deploy kinetic keel system within following two weeks.
- Tests to continue for 2-3 months as CMP looks at deploying first full-sized keel unit.