Floating power

Sustainable Marine is set to demonstrate that Nova Scotia can produce vast amounts of clean and predictable energy from its world-famous tidal streams, after completing construction of its substation at Grand Passage


“We are on target to connect the platform to the substation in the first quarter of next year,” said company CEO Jason Hayman. “This will be a significant milestone for marine energy in Nova Scotia as it will be the first floating tidal platform to connect directly into the power grid.”

The firm has now successfully constructed an onshore electrical substation in the Bay of Fundy, which will harness the untapped power from some of the world’s highest tides via the PLAT-I tidal energy platform – which is now installed and due to be grid-connected and generating energy by early 2022.

This news comes as Sustainable Marine ramps up capacity in the province, following a multi-million-dollar investment in the most advanced marine operations support vessel of its kind on the East Coast of Canada, the Tidal Pioneer. This combined with a new recruitment drive is firmly establishing its capability to deliver turnkey solutions to support the significant international tidal and floating wind projects anticipated across the region.

Further investment in a state-of-the-art environmental monitoring program will deliver a comprehensive and robust analysis of the technology’s impact on marine life, understood at this stage to be negligible by the international scientific community.