This project used numerical simulations and theoretical calculations to predict not only the power that can be extracted from the flow through a passage but also the reduction in flow through the passage. As such, it gives power estimates along with a first measure of the environmental impact of extracting tidal energy from the system. In particular, the power estimates are considerably higher for two passages, specifically, the Minas Channel and Digby Gut, while the estimates for other passages are similar to previous results. The research findings estimate there is a potential power extraction of 2,000 MW in the Minas Channel, 50 to 100 MW in the Digby Neck region and 1 to 2 MW in Cape Breton.
Principal Investigators: Dr. Richard Karsten, Acadia University