PLAT-I tidal platform generates first power

Sustainable Marine Energy’s (SME) PLAT-I tidal energy platform has generated first power from the tidal currents of Grand Passage in Digby County, Nova Scotia.

This makes the platform the only operational in-stream tidal energy system currently installed in Nova Scotia.

Installed in its current location in September 2018, the PLAT-I platform was originally developed and tested in Scotland with support provided by Scottish Enterprise.

SME has been cleared by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans to commence operation of tidal turbines on the platform following a period of commissioning and testing environmental monitoring equipment.

The company claims all critical components can be accessed and serviced on-site, even during Canadian winter conditions.

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