Turbines chosen for Digby Gut project -- turbine plant for Digby?

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on November 21, 2013
An array of Tocardo T200s could be installed in Digby Gut as eaerly as 2015.
Tocardo

Fundy Tidal has signed an agreement with a producer from the Netherlands to install an array of turbines in Digby Gut.

Tocardo of Zijdewind, the Netherlands will install an array of 200-kilowatt turbines – the Tocardo T200 to make up the power source for Fundy Tidal’s 1.95 megawatt project.

Fundy Tidal has said recently turbines will probably go in the water in the spring of 2015 after site selection and regulatory approvals have been completed.

The T200 will produce between 87-174 kilowatts and can be equipped with blades ranging from 4.6 metres to 9.2 metres depending on site requirements.

The turbine itself is bullet shaped but rounded at both ends. It is 5.85 metres long and 1.34 metres in diameter. A turbine and blades weigh about 13 tons.

Tocardo literature says the “T200 system offers a complete water to grid solution for open flowing water like rivers, estuaries and (ocean) tidal currents.”

“The T200 is ideal for deep river applications, retrofitting on bridges and in (tidal) barrages, estuaries and deployment in ocean currents.”

The T200 is designed to operate in water speeds starting at 2 metre per second.

Fundy Tidal’s website says the maximum mean speed in Digby Gut is approximately 1.5 metres per second and the overall maximum current velocity is approximately 3.5 metres per second.

Fundy Tidal has Department of Energy approval for a 1.95-megawatt tidal project in Digby Gut. Under the COMFIT program, Nova Scotia Power has to buy energy produced from the turbines for the next 20 years at a special price of 65.2 cents per kilowatt.

Fundy Tidal’s press release say Tocardo will set up a tidal turbine assembly and manufacturing plant in Nova Scotia.

Dana Morin, business director with Fundy Tidal says Tocardo hasn’t finalized their decision about where in Nova Scotia to build that plant.

“Of course we are encouraging Digby County as the place to set up shop,” said Morin by email from Ottawa where he and others from Digby County are taking part in the annual Marine Renewables conference.

Fundy Tidal also has announced a strategic partnership with both Tocardo and Tribute Resources of Alberta to develop all three of its tidal power projects in Digby County.

Tribute specializes in underground natural gas storage, exploration and development and renewable energy development including wind turbines.

Fundy Tidal has Department of Energy approval for a 500-kilowatt project in Grand Passage and another 500-kilowatt project in Petit Passage

Fundy Tidal will act as project developer, operator and retain a majority interest in the projects.

The terms also acknowledge and support Fundy Tidal’s commitment to establish testing and demonstration facilities in Digby County to be set up with the infrastructure required for the COMFIT projects.

The Fundy Tidal press release says “Tribute creates value by identifying project opportunities, providing the expertise to develop the projects and maintaining an interest in the completed assets to build long-term stable utility quality cash flow from a strong and diversified energy related asset base.”

jriley@digbycourier.ca