The Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA), an independent non-profit organization, is giving $1.25 to five tidal power projects in Canada.
The funding includes $1 million from the federal Natural Resources ministry and $125,000 from the Nova Scotia Department of Energy.
The goal is to target projects that will help fill gaps in our knowledge of tidal power in Canada, including information on environmental effects, marine operations, and ways of improving tidal technology to reduce the costs of this burgeoning renewable energy sector.
Five Tidal Projects to Receive Funding from OERA
All five of the Canadian tidal projects to receive funding are located in Nova Scotia, home to what is considered one of the best potential tidal power sites in Canada – the Bay of Fundy.
Known as one of the 7 Wonders of North America, the Bay of Fundy is a 16,000km stretch betwen the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The Bay has the highest tides in the world, with over 160 billion tons of seawater flowing in and out of the bay each and every day.
This makes the Bay an ideal place for tidal turbines, a renewable technology that harnesses the kinetic energy of tidal forces to generate electricity in a manner akin to an underwater wind turbine.
The projects selected to receive funding are:
- The Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE)
- Two teams at the Acadia Tidal Energy Institute at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia
- Dynamic Systems Analysis (DSA), a marine industry research firm
- The Nova Scotia Community College in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, which runs an Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology program
Tidal Power in Canada
Water is the most abundant resource on earth, and one of the most underutilized sources of renewable energy in the world. While Canada has long leveraged the power of rivers to generate hydroelectricity, tidal power remains largely unexplored as an alternative energy source. This funding aims to help change that.
In the past decade, the Bay of Fundy has become a hub of tidal technology in Canada. Many developers and utilities have begun working in the area, with hope of harnessing the inexhaustible source of clean energy in its record-breaking tides.
Other coastal countries are also exploring tidal power as an avenue of renewable energy. South Korea constructed the world’s largest tidal power plant in 2011, and a UK firm is in the process of building an even larger plant in Scotland.