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.
Recent research by Dr. Richard Karsten at Acadia University suggests there is more than 7,000 megawatts of potential in the Minas Passage, 2,500 megawatts of which can be extracted without significant effect on peak tide height. Models indicate upwards of 50,000 megawatts of energy exists in the entire Bay of Fundy. The Guinness Book of World Records states the world’s highest average tides are in the Bay of Fundy, where the mean spring range in the Minas Basin is 14.5 metres (47.6 feet). The highest tide on record in the Bay was 21.6 metres (70.9 feet) in 1869.
To learn more about Minas Passage go to http://fundyforce.ca/renewable-and-predictable/the-bay-of-fundy/
Cape Sharp's tidal project aims to deploy a fully grid-connected 4MW tidal array in the Bay of Fundy. This project has potential to be one of the worlds largest multi-megawatt arrays of interconnected tidal turbines.
To learn more about the Cape Sharp's project go to http://capesharptidal.com/about-the-project/
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