Cost effective and easy access to a challenging marine environment
SOAR is leading an initiative to establish a tidal power test centre that provides fast and easy access to Grand Passage and Petit Passage. These high energy tidal channels flow between Brier Island, Long Island, and Digby Neck in the Outer Bay of Fundy with strong tidal currents appropriate for testing, development, and demonstration of tidal power systems.
SOAR is currently working to obtain permits and advance collaborations to support effective testing and demonstration of tidal power technologies, with focus on off-grid and distribution connected systems to meet the energy needs of the local communities. Successful testing in Grand Passage and/or Petit Passage also supports a course forward towards success with additional challenges at the FORCE site in the Minas Passage and other commercial project opportunities throughout Canada and worldwide.
Ongoing work from this location leverages over a decade of experience working with the tidal power industry, local water users, academics, and government to advance community-scale tidal energy developments. Access to local infrastructure and helpful local relationships have been instrumental for enabling significant research focused on characterization of highly turbulent tidal flows and monitoring marine life that lives and flows within.
As a hub of collaboration, the local infrastructure and launch points from Brier Island and Long Island have hosted a wealth of local knowledge, skills, and assets alongside world class oceanographic experts to facilitate leading research initiatives, while advancing solutions to combat climate change.
Image credit: www.lunaocean.app Check out "Layers - Currents - Bay of Fundy" for more information on tidal flows.