Marine Renewable Energy Research Projects

With over 100 billion tonnes of seawater each tide – a magnitude greater than the entire Earth’s daily combined flow of freshwater rivers and streams, Nova Scotia is home to an incredible natural energy resource. The Bay of Fundy produces the world’s highest tides, ranging over 16 vertical metres, and strong tidal currents, reaching 10 knots (5.14 metres/sec) at peak surface speed. The Bay of Fundy has been identified by U.S. based Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI) as potentially the best site for tidal power generation in North America. Estimates of the potential energy resource range from 300 megawatts up to 8000 megawatts.

Nova Scotia is taking advantage of this remarkable resource by researching the Bay of Fundy’s marine ecosystem conditions, developing pioneering marine renewable energy legislation, and testing new Tidal In-Stream Energy Conversion (TISEC) devices. Before proceeding with installation units in the Minas Passage, there are a number of outstanding research questions which need to be answered in order to collect baseline data and design effects monitoring programs. OERA’s Marine Renewable Energy Research Program has started to answer some of these baseline data and design effects questions.  For more information about OERA’s research projects, please click on the relevant thematic areas: