The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency will provide a $65,000 investment to create a new geographic information system (GIS) mapping platform, which will help gather physical, environmental and infrastructure data from tidal sites along the Bay of Fundy and make the information accessible online.
“Today, Acadia sits at the forefront of research, development and activity in an industry that is poised to inject up to $1.7 billion into Nova Scotia’s economy over the next 25 years,” said Justice Minister Peter MacKay, who made the funding announcement.
“Through this project, the Acadia Tidal Energy Institute, along with the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy and the Offshore Energy Research Association, is providing the sector with a tool that yields unprecedented insights into the potentialinherent in tides.”
The project is a partnership between the Acadia Tidal Energy Institute (ATEI) in Wolfville, the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) in Parrsboro and Fall River’s Tekmap Consulting. A successful beta-version of the technology was previously funded by the Offshore Energy Research Association.
When launched, the fully-formed tool will help to build a competitive, sustainable tidal energy industry across the province as well as provide educational benefits for the broader community.
The tool will aid in decision-making related to research, development and deployment by yielding insights such as the visualization of physical and environmental layers of a site, available power potential, existing turbulence and the presence of marine life.
“Effective sharing of tidal energy site data and knowledge requires visualization of diverse and large geospatial…
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