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FORCE is Canada’s lead research facility for tidal stream technology, located in the Minas Passage of the Bay of Fundy. As a not-forprofit, FORCE collaborates with government, industry, academia and the public to better understand if this technology
can play a safe, effective role in Canada’s energy future.
FORCE acts as a host to turbine developers, providing a permitted site, electrical infrastructure, an observation facility, and connection to the power grid. The site features 14 billion tonnes of average tidal flow moving at peak speeds above
5 m/s, producing an estimated 7,000 MW of power.
Since 2009, FORCE has conducted an independently-reviewed environmental effects monitoring program as well as a series of applied research programs, including the use of underwater sensor platforms to advance the science of data capture in high
flows, which has helped to increase understanding and scientific knowledge of the Minas Passage. All monitoring reports are available online.
Subsea power cabling: four 34.5kV cables installed, totaling
11km and 64MW capacity; Substation: 30MW transformer and turbine control bays;
Grid connection: 10km of 69kV transmission line, connecting
FORCE substation to provincial power grid via existing
Equipment available to support site deployments
Subsea cabled systems, ADCP, FAST subsea platform frames and ballast designed for high-flow, other environmental monitoring
Services of test programmes offered on site
Provincial and federal approvals, including Environmental
Assessment and Generator Interconnection Agreements, FORCE-managed on-site work permitting, mid-field environmental effects