Tidal Energy


OERA Funds Nova Scotia Student’s Research Travel

Posted on March 11th, in Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE:  March 11, 2015

Halifax, NS – Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) is pleased to announce that the OERA Student Research Travel Program has provided six Nova Scotia students the opportunity to build their international networks through travel to the USA, Ireland, and Bermuda to conduct their thesis research in the fields of marine renewable energy and offshore geosciences.  The February 2015 Student Research Travel Program award recipients are:

Dalhousie University in conjunction with Cape Breton University: Jordan Carlson, School for Resource and Environmental Studies, will be taking a tidal energy course at Queen’s University Belfast, Ireland and gain hands-on experience at Queen’s University’s small scale tidal energy lab and testing facility;
Acadia University: Laura MacNeil and Krista Kroeninger, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, will be undertaking an Advanced Field School at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences focusing on sedimentology, … Read More »


Launch of joint Canada – UK research call in tidal energy technologies

Posted on August 14th, in Tidal Energy.

Press Release – August 14, 2014

HALIFAX, NS – The Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA) and Technology Strategy Board (TSB) of the United Kingdom, are jointly investing approximately $1.4 million CAD (approximately £755,000) in collaborative R&D projects to support the acceleration of the tidal energy sector in both jurisdictions.  This competition stems from a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in February 2014 by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy, the OERA and the United Kingdom’s TSB.  It commits the two organizations to work together in areas of mutual interest.  Further information regarding the MoU can be found at: http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20140304001.

The research competition aims to develop enhanced sensing technologies for in-stream tidal energy applications. This will lead to better data, improved data analysis, and collection methods. It will also allow us to advance research faster to address technical challenges and … Read More »


Release of the Bay of Fundy Update and the Cape Breton Region Strategic Environmental Assessments

PRESS RELEASE – May 26, 2014

HALIFAX, NS – The Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA) has announced the release of the Update to the Bay of Fundy Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Community Response Report for the Cape Breton Region.

A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is a consultative process that explores the social, environmental and economic features and effects associated with marine renewable energy (MRE) projects.

In 2013 the Government of Nova Scotia commissioned OERA to complete an update to the 2008 Bay of Fundy SEA. The goal of the SEA update is to inform stakeholders how the in-steam tidal industry has evolved and describe what is new and/or changed in marine renewable energy, in particular tidal energy.

The Cape Breton SEA was commissioned in 2011 as a result of Government awarding two in-stream tidal energy … Read More »


Nova Scotia and U.K. Collaborate on Tidal Industry Development

Posted on March 4th, in Bay of Fundy, Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE – March 4, 2014

Nova Scotia and the United Kingdom will work together to advance tidal research to help the future development of the industry.

A memorandum of understanding between the province, the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia and the United Kingdom’s Technology Strategy Board will encourage joint research in order to improve the technology required to generate electricity using high tides like those in the Bay of Fundy.

Energy Minister Andrew Younger, executive director Stephen Dempsey of the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia and the acting British Deputy High Commissioner to Canada, Corin Robertson, on behalf of the Technology Strategy Board, announced the agreement today, March 4, 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,” said Mr. Younger. “Collaborating on tidal … Read More »


OERA Funds Nova Scotia Student’s Research Travel

Posted on October 10th, in Bay of Fundy, Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE – October 10, 2013

Halifax, NS – Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) is pleased to announce that the OERA Student Research Travel Program has provided four Nova Scotia students the opportunity to travel to the USA, Canada and Ireland to conduct their thesis research in the fields of marine renewable energy and offshore geosciences.  The September 2013 Student Research Travel Program award recipients are:

Matthew Baker, Department of Biology at Acadia University will be conducting tests in marine acoustic technology for use in estimating fish densities to advance understanding how tidal turbines could potentially affect fish behaviour at the University of Maine;
Sonja Bhatia, Department of Earth Sciences at Dalhousie University and in conjunction with Saint Francis Xavier University, will be undertaking research at specialized test facilities to further advance the development of fibre optic gas sensors for use offshore at … Read More »


Invitation for Expressions of Interest: Assessment of the economic value of the tidal industry

Posted on October 7th, in Tidal Energy, Uncategorized.

PRESS RELEASE – October 7, 2013

HALIFAX, NS – OERA is inviting submissions of Expressions of Interest (EOI) as a first step, followed by a request for detailed proposals from qualified applicants – to provide a comprehensive assessment of the value proposition and potential economic value of tidal power development to Nova Scotia, the Atlantic region and Canada.   The value proposition will serve to provide governments and the private sector with a well-informed assessment of the potential economic impacts and broader benefits using three different development scenarios (ie. low, medium and high potential), and how this industry might evolve over the next 25 years.

OERA expects the proposed value proposition will highlight the strengths of Nova Scotia’s and Canada’s ocean technology sectors and their competitive positioning within the industry; and provide recommendations how those industries can continue to thrive and grow. Because … Read More »


OERA Student Research Travel Program

Posted on July 18th, in Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy, Uncategorized.

Press Release – July 18, 2013

HALIFAX, NS – Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) is pleased to announce that the Student Research Travel Program is now open for its September 2013 round of applications.  The program is available to full-time senior honours & graduate students conducting thesis research at a Nova Scotia based university and undertaking research in marine renewable energy or geosciences.

The objective of the program is aimed at cultivating collaborations between Nova Scotia researchers and Canadian and international research facilities or laboratories which contribute to the advancement of the offshore energy sector in Nova Scotia.

The first round of applications from January 2013 saw students attend various universities including the University of Helsinki, University of West Indies, University of Edinburgh and the University of Tasmania.  Students were awarded travel funds ranging from $2,000 to $3,700 each, to support student research … Read More »


OERA Seeks Proposals for Community Based Research Projects Bay of Fundy

Press Release – July 17, 2013

HALIFAX, NS – OERA (Offshore Energy Research Association) is inviting applications from community based or not-for-profit organizations in the Bay of Fundy region to participate in an OERA established Participation Support Fund.  The purpose of the Participation Support Fund is to provide modest one time grants to local organizations or community groups to undertake small research initiatives that will support the Bay of Fundy Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Update by adding information, a particular perspective or further value to the SEA.  The primary goal of the Bay of Fundy SEA Update process is to scope and understand the potential environmental effects that offshore wind, wave and in particular, in-stream tidal technologies, will have on the offshore and coastal environment for the Bay of Fundy region.

Awards will be made at the discretion of OERA for proposals … Read More »


OERA Seeks Proposals for Community Based Research Projects Cape Breton Region

Press Release – July 8, 2013

HALIFAX, NS – OERA (Offshore Energy Research Association) is inviting applications from community based or not-for-profit organizations in the Cape Breton region to participate in an OERA established Participation Support Fund.  The purpose of the Participation Support Fund is to provide modest one time grants to local organizations or community groups to undertake small research initiatives that will support the Cape Breton Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) by adding information, a particular perspective or further value to the SEA.  The primary goal of the Cape Breton SEA process is to scope and understand the potential environmental effects that offshore wind, wave and in particular, in-stream tidal technologies, will have on the offshore and coastal environment for the Cape Breton region.

Awards will be made at the discretion of OERA for proposals in the following categories:

Initiatives that will … Read More »


OERA Announces Two Strategic Environmental Assessments

PRESS RELEASE – Date: April 29, 2013

HALIFAX, NS – OERA (Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia) is pleased to announce that two Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA) of marine renewable energy have been awarded and are underway. OERA has awarded a contract to Stantec Consulting to undertake a SEA Consultative Process in the Cape Breton Region, inclusive of the Bras D’Or Lakes; and a contract to AECOM Ltd to update the 2008 Bay of Fundy SEA.

Stephen Dempsey, Executive Director of OERA, spoke to the importance of the SEA process as it is a method to understand the concerns of stakeholders and the various opportunities it provides. Tidal energy can help fill a growing global demand for renewable energy and enable Nova Scotia to meet its renewable energy targets. Strategic Environmental Assessments are essential and are completed through monitoring and protection, … Read More »