Cape Sharp Tidal has produced power from its first 2MW DCNS OpenHydro open-centre turbine in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The machine at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy near Parrsboro is successfully connected to the grid and generating, said the joint venture between OpenHydro and Canadian utility Emera.

The tidal turbine, which was deployed on 7 November, is the most powerful in North America, it added.

Cape Sharp Tidal’s marine operations team connected the machine’s subsea cable with the subsea cable of the research centre 24 hours after its deployment, it said.

Another 2MW turbine is scheduled to be added at the site next year.

“This is a huge achievement for Cape Sharp Tidal, a company combining DCNS, OpenHydro and our partners Emera,” OpenHydro chairman Thierry Kalanquin said.

“Last week, the open-centre turbine supported the most powerful tidal stream of the year without any stress to the system.”

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