Canada: Uisce Tapa – Nova Scotia
DP Energy is developing the world’s largest tidal stream turbine array across two berths at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) facility in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Canada.
DP Energy is managing the development of two Berths in the Bay of Fundy as a single project under the banner Uisce Tapa (pronounced Ish ka Ta Pa, meaning fast running water in Gaelic). The Project will incorporate five Andritz Hydro Mk1 1.5 MW sea-bed mounted tidal turbines and a single SR2-2000 floating turbine by Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited. At 9MW this will make it the largest tidal stream array to be deployed anywhere in the world.
DP Energy has been working closely with both turbine suppliers for the past two years, during which time turbines from both manufacturers have been successfully deployed in real sea environments in Scotland. In the case of Andritz, the three Mk1 turbines installed at the MeyGen Project have produced a cumulative output of more than 8GWh since their deployment in late 2016 whilst the SR1-2000 prototype deployed by Scotrenewables at the EMEC facility in Orkney has produced more than 3GWh since October 2017.
The project benefits from a 15-year 9 MW Feed-In Tariff (FIT) at a rate of $530/MWh, with the current programme seeing the turbines deployed at the FORCE site by the end of 2020.