Communication lost with turbine

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Harsh conditions in Minas Passage leaves Nova Scotia Power in the dark

PARRSBORO - Nova Scotia Power has been unable to establish contact with a modem collecting data from the test turbine placed in the Minas Passage last November, according to Patty Faith, manager of communications with Nova Scotia Power (NSP).

“We had planned to use the modem to 'speak' with the turbine from the surface of the Bay of Fundy. We successfully communicated with the modem once the turbine was on the ocean floor on the Nov. 12, 2009 deployment date,” Faith said via e-mail.

The communications manager confirmed in the email that NSP has been unable to re-establish contact in the three trips out to the site since the deployment date.

“We are working to see if we can resolve that issue,” Faith added.

According to Faith, NSP believes the sensors and data storage units in the turbine are functioning as designed.

“The unit is being tested to evaluate its performance in the harsh conditions of the Minas Passage, as well as the impact of the machine on the environment,” Faith said, adding that when the turbine is retrieved from the

water, NSP will be able to download the collected data directly from the data collection unit.

“The turbine continues to operate, and will continue to operate, until it is removed from the water. We have been able to confirm that it has remained precisely where we deployed it, we know it turns and we know the design

generates power already,” she added.

Community Liaison Committee (CLC is a committee within Fundy Ocean Research

Centre for Energy – FORCE) co-chair and Parrsboro mayor Lois Smith said a

meeting with Nova Scotia Power, Minas Basin Pulp and Power and the

Department of Energy is set for April 26 in Parrsboro.

“It’s no doubt a meeting where we will be updated on the progress of what’s happening with tidal power,” Smith said.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Power, CLC, Department of Energy

Geographic location: Minas Passage, PARRSBORO, Bay of Fundy

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