Petit Passage, Canada

Nova Innovation has received a Demonstration Permit to construct a 1.5 MW tidal energy array in Petit Passage: The Nova Tidal Array. The proposed location of the Nova Tidal Array is in the Petit Passage Marine Renewable Energy Area. The array would be developed in three 0.5 MW phases. Turbines will be deployed gradually within each phase, so that environmental effects can be carefully monitored.

The first 0.5 MW will be further split into two phases to enable deployment and environmental monitoring of a single turbine first (Phase 1a), before the next four turbines are added to the array (Phase 1b). Each phase of the project will be monitored to build an understanding of any environmental effects of the turbines before the next phase proceeds.

Nova has used this carefully managed, phased approach for our project in Shetland, Scotland. It has helped to demonstrate the reliability and performance of our turbines and build confidence in tidal energy.

Nova is currently discussing the best approach to phasing with the Nova Scotia and Federal Government, First Nation Communities, the fishing community and local residents. Significant work will be carried out to gather information on the marine environment in Petit Passage before Nova deploys the first turbine.



Nova Innovation has produced this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to provide information on our proposed Petit Passage tidal energy project in the Petit Passage, Digby Neck, Nova Scotia. This document is produced based on the feedback received during the public meetings in Sandy Cove, Tiverton, and Freeport in October 2019, as well as, feedback from other stakeholders throughout our engagement.


The FAQ provides a variety of information on the Petit Passage tidal energy project, including its proposed location. It also provides technical information on Nova’s tidal turbines, how they are deployed and the vessels likely to be used for installation and maintenance operations.

The Petit Passage tidal energy project is at an early stage and many of the details are not yet finalized. Nova Innovation has based this FAQ on the best and most up-to-date information available at the time.

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