In the past few years, the Nova Scotia tidal community has augmented its marine operational capacity, but some unknowns and risks still exist and the cost associated with such operations are high. Improving the performance of key installation tools, such as Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), appears important in reducing tidal energy costs. In this context, the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) is currently leading a collaborative research initiative developing computer simulation of ROV thruster performance and the results show that validation in a controlled environment is required to help move the initiative forward. This project will test thruster performance in the Aquatron Laboratory to validate simulation results. Project outcomes will help enhance marine operations capacity and efficiencies in high flow tidal environments in the Bay of Fundy.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Etienne Mfoumou, Nova Scotia Community College