Press Release: Research Investments in Nova Scotia In-Stream Tidal Technology Research

Posted on November 9th, in Bay of Fundy, Tidal Energy, Uncategorized.

November 9, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Ottawa, ON) – As Canada continues to move towards a low-carbon economy, renewable energy sources such as tidal and wave energy will play an increasingly important role in powering our cities, transportation and industries.  With the world’s longest marine coast and one of the largest fresh water supplies, Canada has a major opportunity to create new jobs and economic growth by capturing the power of our marine and fresh water resources in an environmentally sustainable way.

The Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) today announced funding of $1.25 million in support of five collaborative research projects to address knowledge gaps and challenges associated with tidal energy development in Canada.  The funding includes $1 million from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and OERA each contributing $125,000.   The projects were funded under the … Read More »


Nova Scotia Small Tidal Test Center: Establishing a Business Case – RFP Awarded

Posted on November 8th, in Bay of Fundy, Tidal Energy.

The Nova Scotia Department of Energy (NSDOE) is committed to the sustainable development of Nova Scotia’s tidal energy potential to the benefit of all its citizens.  Both the provincial and federal governments have in the past, and continue to make research and infrastructure investments to ensure the economic benefits of this emerging industry will be captured by Nova Scotia’s technology and service providers.

Commissioned by the NSDOE and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the OERA has awarded the Nova Scotia Small Tidal Test Center – Establishing a Business Case to Shelley MacDougall of S.L. MacDougall Research & Consulting; Greg Trowse, Luna Ocean Consulting; Richard Karsten, Acadia Tidal Energy Institute and Darren Hayes, Dare Technology (Ireland).

A preliminary review of small scale test sites elsewhere in the world suggests that few if any are open to multiple developers; most were established as … Read More »


Four Marine Energy Research Projects Funded

Posted on September 27th, in Bay of Fundy, Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy.

The OERA has recently funded four (4) marine energy research projects under their Open Call Program.  OERA awards a maximum of $20,000 on its various Open Call Projects, where such funds are leveraged with financial support from others to cover the total project costs.  The following are the most recent winners:

“Analysis framework for long-term and cumulative effects monitoring”

Lead Proponent:  Acadia University –  Dr. Trevor Avery

The project aims to provide a framework under which turbine effects on specific marine species populations, at various deployment scales, can be tested. This framework will provide the basis for future assessment of far-field and cumulative environmental effects, which will become increasingly important as more turbines are deployed.

An analysis framework will be developed that describes how to use past, current and future data available from other parties can be used to determine population level effects. … Read More »


Tidal power environmental monitoring projects awarded funding

Posted on April 20th, in Bay of Fundy, Tidal Energy.

Press Release – April 20, 2017

(Halifax, NS) – Industry and academic researchers will join forces to collaborate on two projects in developing new environmental monitoring technologies for tidal energy applications.  The projects were selected for funding through a joint research competition sponsored by the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA), the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and INNOVACORP.  The projects’ combined research value is close to $500,000.

The project winners are Open Seas Instrumentation Inc. (OSI) of Musquodoboit Harbour awarded $135,000 and JASCO Applied Sciences of Dartmouth awarded $65,000 in funding, with the balance of research costs sourced from partner contributions.  Each project introduces an innovative approach to monitoring marine life near a tidal turbine.  The research results will lead to greater understanding of the complex relationships between tidal energy development and the biological and physical ocean environment.

The … Read More »


Lidar Coastal Mapping Project Announced

Posted on February 27th, in Offshore Energy.

February 28, 2017

(Halifax, NS)  The Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) announced a pilot research project today. The project’s goal is to better understand the coastline inlet areas of Nova Scotia, which provide biologically diverse habitat and support an abundance of marine life.  By better understanding these areas, the research will help aid in their protection. The project is being undertaken by NSCC’s Applied Geomatics Research Group with funding from the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA), Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), Shell Canada, and BP.

The pilot project is the first of its kind in Nova Scotia, using state-of-the-art airborne topo-bathymetric lidar technology to generate detailed maps of the shallow near-shore zone, where the use of traditional mapping methods is limited. In the same way that topographic maps represent the three-dimensional features of terrain on land, bathymetric maps illustrate the land … Read More »


Funding for tidal power environmental monitoring research announced

Posted on December 13th, in Bay of Fundy, Tidal Energy.

December 13, 2016

(Halifax, NS) The Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA), the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Nova Scotia Innovation Corporation (Innovacorp) are partnering to improve techniques for the environmental monitoring of tidal power.

Starting today, OERA is accepting proposals for research into the development of new approaches for measuring the interaction between in-stream tidal devices and the marine environment. A total of $150,000 is being invested towards the initiative with the expectation that one or two projects will receive funding.

“The key to developing a sustainable and successful tidal energy industry in Nova Scotia is understanding how turbines interact with the Bay of Fundy,” says Stephen Dempsey, Executive Director OERA. “This research will not only help us enhance the environmental monitoring of tidal turbines, but it could also lead to the development of new technologies that are … Read More »


Nova Scotia and France reach agreement to research marine renewable energy

Posted on November 3rd, in Bay of Fundy, Tidal Energy.

For Immediate Release
November 3, 2016
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA) and France Energies Marines (FEM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on research projects to improve technologies and applications for tidal energy in the Bay of Fundy and off the coast of France.

“Combining resources and research expertise from both sides of the Atlantic will advance our leadership in tidal energy development to the benefit of Nova Scotians and all Canadians,” said Nova Scotia Energy Minister Michel Samson. “Local researchers and companies have the know-how and ingenuity to support this industry. This partnership will increase the value of every research dollar and create more opportunities for local companies to grow.”

Minister Samson and OERA Executive Director Stephen Dempsey announced the agreement earlier today in Halifax.

The MoU focuses on areas that will contribute to a better … Read More »


Tidal Energy Research: New Report Highlights Growing Knowledge, Road Ahead

Posted on May 30th, in Bay of Fundy, Tidal Energy.

Press Release – May 30, 2016

HALIFAX, NS – The Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) announces the release of a new report summarizing the tidal-energy related research undertaken in the Bay of Fundy since 2007. The report comes in advance of Nova Scotia’s first grid-connected tidal turbines, scheduled for deployment in 2016.

The Nova Scotia Tidal Research Summary Report, authored by Dr. Graham Daborn of Fundy Environmental & Educational Consultants, offers a high level assessment of the environmental studies and regulatory initiatives that have been conducted in the lead up to the first grid-connected technology demonstration.

Commissioned by the Province of Nova Scotia through the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA), the Summary Report focuses on important research activity and findings on the marine environment and highlights the significance of the results in light of current tidal turbine deployment plans, including:

Three Strategic Environmental Assessments … Read More »


Funding approved for tidal energy environmental monitoring

Posted on March 22nd, in Bay of Fundy, Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE:  March 22, 2016

HALIFAX, NS – The Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy are jointly funding $250,000 to support an enhanced environmental effects monitoring program at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) site in the Bay of Fundy. The monitoring program is designed to determine the effects of deployment and operation of in-stream tidal turbines in 2016.

“Tidal energy holds tremendous potential for Nova Scotia – both as a producer of clean, renewable energy, and as an economic driver,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “The monitoring program at FORCE will provide developers, regulators, researchers and the public with information to better understand the impact of development on the marine environment. It’s an important step in our plan to build and grow a responsible tidal energy sector in Nova Scotia.”

In 2015, Nova Scotia … Read More »


Building a Tidal Energy Industry in Canada Offers Substantial Opportunity According to Study

Posted on April 23rd, in Bay of Fundy, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE:  April 23, 2015

HALIFAX, NS – A new study released today shows the potential economic opportunity in building a tidal energy industry in Canada is substantial.  The study, “Value Proposition for Tidal Energy Development in Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada and Canada” commissioned by the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA) shows  tidal energy could reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and create a new industry that offers significant socio-economic benefits across the nation.

The Study  describes the potential opportunity that could result in developing a tidal energy industry in Canada.  More specifically, the value proposition examines the economic potential that could be realized over a 25 year period to 2040 and how that financial valuation changes under different factors and drivers.

“Globally, there is vast potential to draw hydrokinetic energy from oceans,” OERA Executive Director, Stephen Dempsey explains. “Enough … Read More »