New technology may mean more renewable energy from the tides of the Bay of Fundy. Nova Scotia has partnered with New Brunswick and five United States’ jurisdictions to pay for a study of the feasibility of using tidal flow generators in the bay. The newest generation of tidal power turbines resembles wind turbines. Submerged in the water, the generators use fast-moving tidal currents to create electricity. The turbines stand alone, anchored on the seabed, and are not visible from shore. “The tidal currents in the Bay of Fundy seem to be ideal for generating electricity,” said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke, “but we need to have experimental data that will show whether it’s practical to use this emerging technology in our coastal environment.” The Electric Power Research Institute of Palo Alto, Calif., will conduct the study. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will each contribute $60,000 US to the study. Maine, Massachusetts, Washington State, Alaska, and San Francisco are also taking part in the $425,000 study. The data from all the study locations will be shared among all the study sponsors. “Nova Scotia has significant in-stream tidal energy resources andthe technologies able to harness these resources are becoming available,” said Roger Bedard of the Electric Power Research Institute. “The big question is whether it makes sense for Nova Scotia and the other regions to invest in tidal in-stream energy conversion technology. We will answer that question for the province by March 2006 within the context of this study.” Nova Scotia Power’s president and CEO, Chris Huskilson, said his company is playing a key role in the new study. “Our customers told us they want more renewables and we’re listening to them. That’s why we’re bringing on wind power in this province and seeking ways to harness more power from the tides.” Nova Scotia Power already has one of three tidal power plants in the world at its Annapolis Power Tidal facility, and Annapolis Royal. The province wants to ensure that at least five per cent of Nova Scotia’s electricity supply comes from renewable resource generating capacity that was built after 2001.
Israel automated drone startup Airobotics has launched its North American headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, where it will run all North America, South America and Central America operations.The Scottsdale office is intended to become the company’s global headquarters as Airobotics continues to scale up, with the world’s largest mining company, BHP, the company’s first customer in the US.Airobotics says it has created the only data-driven, fully automated drone solution enabling a new dimension of data collection and insights.Ran Krauss, CEO and Co-Founder of Airobotics, said Arizona was the obvious choice for its new global headquarters.“When deciding where to launch our first US office, Arizona was the top choice for us as it has a strong mining industry, great weather conditions for drone testing, and potential partners we’re excited to work with. The state and local governments are very supportive of autonomous and aviation technologies and the UAV industry specifically, aligning with our plans to operate UAVs beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in the US.”The opening ceremony attendees were invited to tour the facility and observe a demonstration of Airobotics’ automated drone system. The company plans to grow the Scottsdale team to 80 employees by the end of 2019, focusing on recruiting local technology, operations and sales personnel.Airobotics says its automated solution represents the next generation of drone operations, overtaking standard piloted services. It was the first company worldwide to be granted authorisation to fly fully automated pilotless drones, certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel.The company is headquartered in Israel and has offices in Australia, as well as additional operations in Chile and New Caledonia. It has raised $71 million in funding to date and grown from 80 to 200 employees in its first year.