By Rochelle Baker Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A new tidal energy pilot project to reduce dependence on diesel in B.C.’s remote coastal communities is set to launch after getting some critical funding. The aim is to advance and deploy a small-scale tidal turbine project in the waters off West Thurlow Island to showcase the technology for other off-grid coastal communities interested in generating clean electricity with ocean energy, said Ben Whitby, program manager at PRIMED, a marine renewable energy research lab at the University of Victoria (UVic). The initiative recently got $2 million in funding from the province’s Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) fund to advance the proposed Blind Channel Test Centre. The project builds on the success of an earlier experiment involving a MAVI tidal turbine in
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