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Subsea Vehicle Report – Unmanned Underwater Systems

Read this page in Pdf, Flash or Html5 edition of March 2012 Marine Technology Magazine industry, we have over 300 companies with years of experience supplying and servicing Nova Scotia?s offshore oil and gas projects: Cohasset, Sable, and more recently Deep Panuke ? and many of those companies work in the marine energy environment all over the world.  Their skills are directly translatable to the tidal industry. And they?ve already been put to work: identifying the test site, monitoring the environment, towing equipment, building a gravity base, pioneering new research.  All of the turbine developers have supply chain partners in Nova Scotia and Canada. There have been positive signals from all levels of government. The federal government sees a potential supply chain that  ows from the Bay of Fundy right across the country, where up to 80,000 megawatts of tidal power lies in wait ? they have chipped in the largest grant to the project to date: $20 million.  The province has been hugely in uential by building the right incentives: feed-in tariffs, caps on GHGs, and aggressive renewable targets. When FORCE installs the submarine cable this year, we will have a total of 64 megawatts of cable capacity from our test site.  That moves Canada to the front of the pack in terms of total capacity worldwide ? more than any other tidal test site in the world.So yes, I think it?s fair to say we all see the potential. Standing at the window of our visitor center, the potential is obvious to anyone: as the tide moves in and out, the island just offshore forms a bow wave just like a ship steaming through the water. The water moves fast here. And there?s 14 billion tons of it. The FORCE site is an idealic breeding ground to ensure maritime renewable energy systems can stand up to the rigors. MTR2 Canada Supplement 49-64.indd 51MTR2 Canada Supplement 49-64.indd 512/23/2012 10:18:00 AM2/23/2012 10:18:00 AM

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