Tidal Energy Firm's Scottish Success Could Have Ripple Effect in Nova Scotia


By Jonny Wakefield

January 8, 2015

An energy firm with interests in a Canadian tidal project says it plans to begin work on a major tidal generator off the coast of Scotland this month—a move that could have ripple effects across the Atlantic.

In December, Atlantis Resources Limited completed a major milestone on its MeyGen tidal stream energy project, winning approval to draw funding from government clean energy grants. 

The Australian firm plans to build 269 tidal turbines off the coast of northeast Scotland at Ness of Quoys.  Once completed, the generators will produce around 400 megawatts of clean power, making MeyGen the largest tidal generator in the world. 

On shore work on the project is expected to begin this month, while the company hopes to have 60 underwater turbines installed by 2020. Atlantis Resources expects to begin selling power to the grid in 2016.

Atlantis Resources also plans to build a tidal project in the Bay of Fundy, which means the government of Nova Scotia will likely be watching the Scottish project closely.

Last year, the company tested the 1.5 megawatt turbine slated for the MeyGen project in the Minas Passage off Nova Scotia.    According to the Chronicle Herald, Nova Scotia plans to have 300 megawatts of tidal poweronline by 2020.

Late last month, Atlantis announced it had been granted access to the province's feed-in tariff program, which pays a higher than market rate per megawatt hour.

According to a release, the program "provides revenue support for Atlantis to deploy and operate up to three state-of-the-art AR-1500 turbines" at the Fundy Research Center for Energy. 

In the release, Atlantis CEO Tim Cornelius said the Scottish and Nova Scotia projects were closely linked.

"Having also reached financial close on the first phase of our MeyGen project in Scotland, we are building momentum on our projects around the world," he said.