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TitleTidal power generation in the glaciated, macrotidal Minas Scour Trough, Bay of Fundy, Atlantic Canada
 
AuthorTodd, B JORCID logo; Shaw, J
SourceAtlas of Submarine Glacial Landforms: Modern, Quaternary and Ancient; Geological Society Memoir no. 46, 2016 p. 123-124, https://doi.org/10.1144/M46.103
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Year2016
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20140568
PublisherGeological Society of London
Documentserial
Lang.English
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceNova Scotia
NTS11E/04; 11E/05; 21H/01; 21H/08
AreaMinas Scour Trough; Bay of Fundy; Minas Channel
Lat/Long WENS -64.9167 -64.2500 45.5000 45.0000
Subjectsengineering geology; tides; tidal currents; Minas Basin
Illustrationslocation maps; seismic reflection profiles
ProgramOffshore Geoscience
Released2016 11 30
AbstractThe configuration of the Bay of Fundy results in large tides (up to 17 m) which give rise to strong currents (Fig. 1d). Harnessing these currents to generate electricity has been the focus of engineering schemes dating from 1910. Fundy tidal power generation has garnered attention periodically throughout the twentieth century (Gordon et al. 2014). The seabed and water column conditions in the Minas Scour Trough at the NE head of the Bay of Fundy (Fig. 1a, d) are now the subject of engineering studies to characterize the site for electricity generation. Test installations have been deployed on the seabed, the subsea cable to collect and transmit power to the electrical grid on land has been laid and future infrastructure instalments are planned.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
The large tides (up to 17 m) in the Bay of Fundy generate strong currents and the harnessing of these currents to generate power has been the focus of engineering schemes dating to 1910. With revived interest in renewable energy, the seabed and water column conditions in Minas scour trough at the northeast head of the Bay of Fundy are now the subject of engineering studies to characterize the site for electricity generation. We describe the nature and stability of the sediments and features that represent the foundation for any future tidal installations.
GEOSCAN ID296233

 
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