By Renewable Energy Focus staff
Together with Lockheed Martin and Irving Shipbuilding, Atlantis will customise, build, deploy and monitor one of its 1 MW AK-1000 Mark 11 tidal turbine at FORCE’s Minas Passage test site.
Lockheed Martin will be responsible for engineering design elements, production drawings and procurement of major tidal turbine components along with system testing.
Irving Shipbuilding will oversee construction of the tidal turbine base and assembly of the device in conjunction with other local suppliers.
The Atlantis tidal turbine is planned for deployment in the summer of 2012.
The other berth-holders in the tidal power project are: Nova Scotia Power in partnership with Open Hydro of Ireland; Minas Basin Pulp and Power together with Marine Current Turbines; and Alstom of France with its Clean Current technology.
FORCE is scheduled to install four subsea transmission cables to connect the test tidal turbines to the electrical grid in the summer.
Last autumn, Nova Scotia established a feed-in tariff to encourage the development of commercial, transmission-connected tidal arrays.