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Nova Scotia and the UK to work on tidal energy

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A memorandum of understanding between Nova Scotia, its Offshore Energy Research Association and the United Kingdom's Technology Strategy Board will encourage joint research to improve the technology required to generate electricity using high tides.

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Energy Minister Andrew Younger, executive director Stephen Dempsey of the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia and the British Deputy High Commissioner to Canada, Corin Robertson, on behalf of the Technology Strategy Board, announced the agreement in Halifax.

"Bringing together tidal energy leaders from Nova Scotia and the U.K. will help advance efforts to harness the power of Fundy tides. Collaborating on tidal development will help us save money and increase our research capacity. It will also create opportunities for businesses and researchers in both Nova Scotia and the United Kingdom," said Mr. Younger.

Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia and the Technology Strategy Board are contributing $250,000 each towards the initiative. They will oversee the majority of the work associated with the memorandum.

"The U.K. sees the development of its marine energy resources as an important step towards meeting our renewable energy objectives. This memorandum will not only advance the state of research in this area, bringing us closer to grid connectivity and commercial production, but will encourage the development of a low carbon industry with great economic potential," said Ms. Robertson.

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