Building Nova Scotia’s Renewable Energy Future

Lockheed Martin funds the first Chair at Cape Breton’s Center for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment


file Lockheed Martin Canada President Tom Digan participated in the opening of Cape Breton University’s Center for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment and announced Lockheed Martin will fund the university’s first chair for Renewable Energy.

Cape Breton University is a leader in focusing Nova Scotia on renewable energy and sustainability, and Lockheed Martin is providing them with a helping hand.

Building on its existing relationship with Cape Breton, Lockheed Martin recently made a donation to establish the first Chair in Renewable Energy at the university’s Center for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment (CSEE).

 “Nova Scotia offers great potential for technology development across a variety of (renewable energy) solutions, and the CSEE demonstrates a commitment to pursuing these advancements,” said Tom Digan, president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Canada.

Digan participated in the CSEE’s Nov. 7 opening ceremony along with Canada’s Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay and Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter.

Lockheed Martin also worked with Cape Breton to initiate an advanced feedstock program to support the farming industry and to provide a biomass fuel source that doesn’t compete with food supplies.

The Renewable Energy chair is another sign of Lockheed Martin’s commitment to Nova Scotia. As part of the province’s Fundy Ocean Research for Energy (FORCE) project, Lockheed Martin, prime contractor Atlantis Resources Corporation and Irving Shipbuilding are building a tidal turbine at FORCE’s Minas Passage test site.  The turbine’s deployment is scheduled for summer 2012.

With 130 employees in Nova Scotia, Lockheed Martin is providing engineering design elements, production drawings and procurement of major turbine components along with systems testing.

“Lockheed Martin has designed and deployed maritime systems for more than 40 years,” Digan said earlier this year. “We will apply our systems engineering, integration and manufacturing expertise to help make tidal energy generation an economically viable reality.”

Tidal turbines work like an underwater wind turbine. Instead of air, the tides’ ebb and flow spin the blades, which rotate the turbine and power an electrical generator. Some of the world’s highest and most powerful tides flow through the Bay of Fundy.