Tidal power

Siemens-owned Marine Current Turbines (MCT) and Bluewater Energy Services (Bluewater) have partnered to develop a 2MW floating tidal current turbine.

The turbine, called as SeaGen F, will be deployed at Canada’s Bay of Fundy in collaboration with Nova Scotia project developer Minas Energy.

The turbines are capable of generating enough energy to power 1,800 Nova Scotia households.

Meanwhile, the companies are planning to build a commercial multi- megawatt array at the tidal energy facilities of Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE).

The project site has been leased from FORCE by Minas Energy.

Siemens Hydro and Ocean Power Business vice-president Kai Koelmel said, "The floating device, ‘SeaGen F’, complements their strategy of a standardised energy conversion chain including powertrain, inverters and transformers for multiple support structures."

"The floating device, ‘SeaGen F’, complements their strategy of a standardised energy conversion chain."

Bluewater vice-president business development Michael Bonte said, " We have a fully designed product ready to be validated at full-scale in open sea tidal conditions. We are delighted to test this setting in the unrivalled tidal conditions of the Bay of Fundy and beyond."

Minas Energy vice president of energy development John Woods said, "We at Minas Energy are confident that our partnership with Siemens Bluewater will set the stage for the emerging tidal industry in Nova Scotia. We will work with government, the public, and all other stakeholders to safely harness the abundant energy in this world-class resource."

Siemens said that flow speeds of up to 5.5m per second along with Nova Scotia’s feed-in tariff makes this project one of world’s most attractive and economic sites.

The studies intimated that up to 2.5GW of clean tidal energy would be safely harvested in the Minas Passage.

Image: SeaGen on-a-tower installation in the Irish Sea. Photo: courtesy of Siemens.