NS Power and OpenHydro started the first commercial-scale in-stream tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy Thursday.


It took seven days to move the 400-tonne, one-megawatt device from Halifax to its new home on the seabed three kilometres off the shore of Black Rock.


The turbine rotates with the tides, collecting data and producing energy.


“Today begins a very important period of testing that we believe will demonstrate that tidal energy can be part of Nova Scotia’s renewable energy future,” said Rob Bennett, president of NSP.


“Today is an historic first for Nova Scotia,” said James Ives, CEO of OpenHydro. “For the first time, a commercial size in-stream tidal turbine has been successfully deployed in what is undoubtedly one of the world’s strongest tidal-energy resources.”