Glasgow-based tidal power firm Nautricity signs agreement for Nova Scotia project


Westport harbour, Nova Scotia - home to Fundy Tidal
Westport harbour, Nova Scotia – home to Fundy Tidal

Glasgow-based renewable energy company Nautricity has signed a joint agreement with Canada’s Fundy Tidal to develop a 500kW tidal marine power project in Nova Scotia.

Spun-out from Glasgow university in 2009, Nautricity is currently completing the system testing of its CoRMaT and Hydro-buoy technologies at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, and its Fundy Tidal  project at Petit Passage in Nova Scotia provides flows similar to those at the EMEC.

Set up in 2006, Fundy Tidal is a community enterprise based on Brier Island in Nova Scotia. It was set up to generate marine renewable energy from the tidal currents of the Outer Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia – including Digby Gut, Grand Passage and Petit Passage.

Cameron Johnstone, Chief Executive, Nautricity, said; “We are delighted with the opportunity to partner with Fundy Tidal on the delivery of this important project.

This is a great platform to demonstrate how new approaches to the development of tidal energy projects can deliver benefit to both Nova Scotia and Scottish companies. The opportunity for tidal development around the world is immense, and Scotland and Nova Scotia have some of the best resources and best developed regulatory regimes anywhere.”

Vince Stuart, President of Fundy Tidal, added: “We have been in discussions with Nautricity for a couple of years and are most pleased that both our companies have evolved to the stage where we are now formerly working together in the delivery of the Petit Passage project.

“This partnership is a concrete example of the desire of both the Scottish and Nova Scotia governments and industry to foster collaboration on marine energy developments.”

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