Southwest Nova Scotia Tidal Resource Assessment

OERA received grant funding from the Nova Scotia Department of Energy to complete an assessment of the in-stream tidal resources in Southwest Nova Scotia consisting of Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby Counties. Field work is required to deploy Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCP) units to collect data for this study in Petite Passage, Grand Passage, Digby Gut and a selection of sites from Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties. The outcome is an electronic data set and a report on the resource potential, including input from the local fishermen and communities. The work has been conducted as a collaborative effort between Dalhousie University, Acadia University, Nova Scotia Community College and Fundy Tidal Inc. All scientific research and technological developments included within the work plan have included training of students in the area of marine renewable energy.

The Resource Assessment incorporates all phases of small scale ocean renewable energy development for Southwest Nova Scotia for both pilot and commercial scale developments. Deliverables from the project include charts with information on current water use and areas of high velocity currents, recommendations for ADCP deployment locations and tide corrected high resolution bathymetry in GIS and latitude, longitude and depth formats.

Reports

Southwest Nova Scotia Tidal Resource Assessment – Executive Summary
Southwest Nova Scotia Tidal Resource Assessment – Vol. 1 – Tidal Energy Potential Reconnaissance
Southwest Nova Scotia Tidal Resource Assessment – Vol. 2 – Num. Modelling of Digby Neck Tidal Currents
Southwest Nova Scotia Tidal Resource Assessment – Vol. 3 – Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler Results
Southwest Nova Scotia Tidal Resource Assessment – Vol. 4 – Data Integration into GIS
Southwest Nova Scotia Tidal Resource Assessment – Vol. 5 – Community Engagement

A data package, consisting of ADCP, drifter and model output data, is available via Temporary Licence Agreement with OERA.  For more information, please contact Nalani Perry.