SOAR provides services to help enable ocean research and technology developments focused on sustainable coastal communities and marine ecosystems. We can support your work including assisting with:

  • Permiting
  • Community and First Nations engagement and involvement
  • Marine operations planning and on-water support
  • Physical oceanographic and meteorological site assessment
  • Marine animal monitoring
  • Technology development and performance assessment

Tidal Power

One of our primary focus areas is evaluating the potential for in-stream tidal power to contribute to the global effort to fight climate change and achieve energy sustainability by providing clean, renewable energy at regular and predictable times.

Our projects will focus efforts on community-scale tidal technologies supplying sustainable energy to rural coastal communities. This includes communities connected to weak electrical grids, as well as remote diesel reliant communities. Our work will focus on capacity building, including investigating and advancing opportunities the tidal industry brings to coastal and indigenous communities, and the associated benefits to residents and business.

Prior to achieving sustainable benefits from tidal power developments, research is required to address environmental uncertainties. Our approach involves conducting effective environmental monitoring in highly visible and easily accessible locations, such as Grand Passage and Petit Passage (Nova Scotia). This includes development of effective monitoring systems, and evaluating marine animal behaviours in the presence of tidal power systems. One of our primary focuses is implementing a look, listen, and learn approach to environmental monitoring.

Look includes:

  • Marine observation
  • Above water and subsea optical camera systems
  • Active acoustic systems (imaging sonars)

Listen includes:

  • Passive acoustic systems (hydrophones), for marine animal detection and ambient noise analysis
  • Discussions with the local communities, Fishers, First Nations, and other water users to incorporate local and traditional knowledge

Learn includes:

  • Development of effective monitoring systems, investigating uncertainties, and adapting tidal installations to co-exist with the marine environment and coastal communities

Tidal Power Research and Demonstrations

280 kW PLAT-I demonstration in Grand Passage

Information on capacity building initiatives for remote communities coming soon.