Course Description

Nova Scotia is investing in tidal power and while the industry has been slow to develop here, there have been recent developments that show projects finally underway. This course offers you a great opportunity to get real insight into the tidal community and learn about what is happening, why decisions are being made and how developers plan to move forward. This is an exciting time for those interested in ocean technologies and renewable energy in Nova Scotia and if you’re looking to determine where you fit - this course is the place to start. The pace of technology development needs to be fast because the technical challenges are many and innovative solutions are required at every step.

This course will start with a look at the story of tidal in Nova Scotia so far. We will learn the fundamentals of electric power production and how In Stream Tidal Power devices operate, and explore the difficulties being faced in connecting the power to the grid. We will consider the marine environment of the Bay of Fundy and discuss socio-economic impacts. We'll discuss government policies, look at individual tidal projects currently underway in Nova Scotia and learn about the organisations in Canada focused on the support and promotion of tidal energy.

You will leave this course with an understanding of:

  • What is happening with tidal power in NS
  • How tidal power is progressing globally
  • The fundamental operation of the various technologies
  • Current issues facing the industry
  • What you will want to learn next


  • Inform participants about what is happening with tidal power in NS
  • Gain a basic understanding of the tidal power systems that are being developed and deployed in Canada
  • Learn the technical challenges ahead in this industry
  • Familiarize participants with environmental and socio-economic issues

Course Outline

Day 1 - registration/check-in will start at 8:00 a.m. with sessions to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. Day 2 will commence at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. There will be 15 minute mid-morning and afternoon breaks. A light lunch is included from 12 noon to 1:00 pm.

Day 1

8:00 Registration
8:30 Welcome & Introduction
9:00 Tidal Power in NS to date
  • Energy History
  • Consumption
  • Resources
  • Security
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Generating Electricity, Electrical Power System
         Marine Power Resources
  • Nova Scotia
  • Canada
  • International
4:00 Adjournment

Day 2

8:30 Mechanics of Tidal Power
  • Vertical & Horizontal Axis Devices
    • Blade Design
    • Ducts
    • Pros & Cons
  • River Current Turbines
  • Ocean Turbines
  • Modelling & Testing, Physical & Numerical
  • Latest Deployments & Projects
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Environmental & Socio-Economic Issues
  • Tidal Zones
  • Co-operative Ownership
  • Future of Tidal in NS and Beyond: opportunities, challenges and roadmaps
4:00 Final Adjournment

What You Will Learn

Taking this course will give participants a fundamental understanding of the tidal power industry, a basic understanding of the science and engineering behind the devices, the technical and environmental challenges and the issues facing the deployment of devices. This will allow anyone interested in getting involved in the field to make an educated decision on where their talents will be best used. The course is being presented by a local tidal expert who is well connected in the industry and happy to share experiences with participants. Finally, guest speakers from government and industry will provide insight into aspects of the course.


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Recommended For

Professionals in the engineering and environmental science fields, engineers, scientists, technicians and technologists, those who may impact policy or regulations around tidal power, ocean technology specialists, anyone who would like to get a basic understanding of Tidal Power.
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