Tidal power and ocean ice in the Bay of Fundy, Canada 1968-2007

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Conference26th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, 10-15 June 2007, San Diego, CA
AbstractOcean ice capable of impacting marine operations occurs periodically in the most favorable sites for energy harvest from the tidal currents of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In-stream tidal current harvesting devices deployed at these sites should to be engineered to tolerate at least 30% ice cover with 15 cm (6 inch) thick floes at least 100 metres in length. Propelled by tidal currents and prevailing winds, ice floes may achieve velocities in excess of knots in some locations. In very severe winters, in-stream tidal current harvesting devices may be subjected to periods of 90% cover of rapidly moving or packed ice thicker than 30 cm (12 inches). Markets for ice-tolerant tidal current harvesting devices developed under the moderate ice conditions in the headwaters of the Bay of Fundy may exist in other jurisdictions with with energetic tidal flows which experience more severe condition of ocean ices
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Ocean Technology; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number6459
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