Environmental Monitoring of Tidal Energy Technology

Lead Proponent: Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA)
Location: Halifax, NS
CEI Contribution: $1 M
Project Total: up to $ 1.5 M
Strategic Area: Renewable Energy, Smart Grids, and Storage 

Project Objectives:

This project aims to solicit research responses to a number of knowledge and technology gaps associated with the current state of tidal energy in Canada.  The overarching research objective is to address critical issues common to different tidal energy conversion technologies. This will reduce uncertainty and investment risk and will lower the cost of tidal electricity in Canada.

Critical research themes include but are not limited to, environmental effects monitoring (turbine effects on fish, marine mammals, seabirds, lobster, ambient noise), cost reduction technologies and innovation (common challenges to foundations, moorings, materials and methods), specialized marine operational capacity (innovations in vessel deployment, positioning, research, equipment recovery).

Expected Results:

Research projects selected under this joint fund are expected to produce a number of benefits to Canadians, including:

  1. Reduce the uncertainty and investment risk for tidal energy conversion technologies, ultimately lowering the cost of tidal electricity;
  2. Allow the Nova Scotia tidal industry to grow initially to 50MW then expanding to 300MW, while helping build the associated national supply and service sectors;
  3. Allow economic development of up to 200 additional sites in Canada suitable for in-stream tidal turbine technology, including northern and remote locations;
  4. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by addressing environmental concerns delaying the development of further renewable marine energy resources which could displace diesel and other fossil fuel based utilities; and
  5. Allow Canada to maintain and improve its position in the emerging global tidal energy market.

Project Partners:

Nova Scotia Department of Energy

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