With the highest tides in the world moving over 100 billion tonnes of water, the tidal energy resources of the Bay of Fundy are too great to be left untapped for much longer. Tidal energy is a clean, efficient, and reliable form of renewable energy which is generated by harnessing the power of the tides. It is estimated that the tides of the Bay of Fundy could generate up to 300MW of energy.
Tidal energy is still an emerging technology, with only three tidal generating stations in the world. The Bay of Fundy is home to North America’s only tidal generating station, the Annapolis Royal Generating Station in Hantsford, Nova Scotia which produces up to 18MW of renewable energy for the Nova Scotia Power Corporation. Further developments in tidal energy in Nova Scotia may be made in the Minas Basin where Minas Basin Pulp and Power is constructing a $12 million testing facility which is expected to be completed in 2010. In New Brunswick, Irving Oil has partnered with the Huntsman Marine Science Centre to undertake a two-year study of 11 possible tidal generating locations on the Bay of Fundy. The $600,000 study will examine tidal patterns, climate, and the behaviour of aquatic life and determine the feasibility of tidal power generation in each 25 hectare region. It is estimated that a generating station in one of these regions could have an output capacity of up to 30MW.
The development of tidal energy in the Bay of Fundy would not only contribute to enhancing and diversifying the region’s rich energy portfolio; it would also position Atlantic Canada as a world leader in tidal technology.
Tidal Power Comes to Bay of Fundy