Canada backs wind and tidal innovators

The Atlantis tidal turbine

The Atlantis tidal turbine

Innovative wind turbine generator technology and a re-engineered tidal-turbine concept were among the winners in a C$61.8m ($61m) funding round from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) SD Tech Fund.

Quebec’s Eocycle – working with wind power giant Suzlon – received a $6m grant from the government-backed R&D body to refine its transverse flux permanent-magnet generator, a cost-cutting high torque, low speed technology that eliminates the need for a conventional multi-stage gearbox.

A consortium made up of the Canadian arm of UK-based tidal turbine developer Atlantis Resources, industrial conglomerate Lockheed Martin and shipbuilders Irving was given $5m to fine-tune its existing ARC1000 machines, already trialled at the European Marine Energy Centre in Scotland, with features for improved seabed anchoring and current-responsive rotor blades.

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