Petit Passage, Canada
Nova Innovation has applied for 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.