The Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) in Nova Scotia is Canada’s leading test centre for tidal current technology. Nova Scotia is blessed with an abundance of natural tidal power resource in the Bay of Fundy and the Province has the political will to be a major global centre for marine power.
Atlantis confirmed its status as a world-leading tidal technology and project developer by securing the fourth and final test berth at the FORCE facility, after being selected by a review panel as the best in class candidate during an evaluation process in February 2011. The berth will allow initial turbines to be deployed in the Bay of Fundy with electrical connection and power offtake to the Nova Scotia grid.
Atlantis continues to develop its FORCE project with partners Lockheed Martin and Irving Shipbuilding, both significant local employers. In 2013, the Atlantis-led consortium was awarded a C$5m grant from the Canadian government’s Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) fund to contribute to the deployment of its turbine.
In October 2014, Atlantis signed a Sublease Agreement for a tidal turbine berth at the FORCE facility, together with a Project Agreement with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy. Subsea electrical cables were laid at the FORCE facility in October 2014.
In December 2014 Atlantis was awarded a Feed-in Tariff for up to 4.5 megawatts of tidal generation to be deployed at FORCE. The Developmental Feed-In-Tariff award of C$530 (£292) per megawatt hour (MWh) provides revenue support for Atlantis to deploy and operate up to three state-of-the art AR-1500 turbines at FORCE.