Marine Renewable Energy Research

Marine Renewable Energy Research

Cape Split on Flood Tide

Marine Renewable Energy has the potential to become an important part of Nova Scotia’s power supply in the future by harnessing the power of tides, waves or offshore winds. New technologies show promise, especially for application in the Bay of Fundy, home of the world’s highest tides and possibly the best location in North America for grid-connected tidal power generation.

The outcomes gathered from OERA research will contribute to the province’s approach to strategic and adaptive planning in regard to Nova Scotia’s renewable energy industry. In 2010, the Government of Nova Scotia created targets that require 25% of electricity generation to come from renewable sources by 2015 with a goal to reach 40% by 2020. These sources could include in-stream tidal, run of river hydro, wind or biomass. Emissions standards and renewable regulations have set the province on a course to generate more of its energy supply from renewable sources.