Tidal Energy Resource Assessment Map for Nova Scotia

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Richard Karsten, Acadia University

Start Date: March 2012

End Date: October 2012

This project aims to use numerical simulations and theoretical calculations to predict not only the power that can be extracted from the flow through a passage but also the reduction in flow through the passage. As such, it gives power estimates along with a first measure of the environmental impact of extracting tidal energy from the system. In particular, the new power estimates are considerably higher for two passages, Minas Channel and Digby Gut, while the estimates for other passages are similar to previous results. Overall, it is estimated there is a potential power extraction of 2,000 MW in the Minas Channel, 50 to 100 MW in the Digby Neck region and 1 to 2 MW in Cape Breton.