The Nova Scotia Tidal Energy Research Symposium and Forum was held on 14-15 May 2013 at the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS. The purpose was to provide a forum for individuals engaged in ongoing and recently completed environmental, technological / engineering and socioeconomic research and technical work related to tidal energy development in Nova Scotia to share and discuss their activities, findings and insights.
Over 100 people from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, British Columbia, Washington, and Massachusetts attended the 2 day event, with delegates representing academia, government, and public and private sector organizations involved in tidal energy research.
The symposium and forum included:
- Updates on Marine Renewable Energy developments and related activities in Nova Scotia;
- Overviews of recently funded research projects and associated technical needs;
- Oral and poster presentations on results and lessons learned from ongoing and recently completed research and technical work related to tidal energy development in Nova Scotia and its practical relevance to development and regulation;
- Focused break-out sessions with facilitated discussions on
- collaboration and engagement in tidal energy R&D
- information/technology gaps and challenges
- technological solutions to address tidal energy development challenges;
- A panel session featuring tidal energy Research and Development (R&D) financing, including Feed-in-Tariffs and regional and national priorities and opportunities;
- Networking opportunities to foster dialogue, understanding and cooperation among the research community, industry and regulators.
The following sections include information on the symposium organisers, the 2-day programme of events, abstracts (and some extended abstracts) of all oral and poster research presentations, summaries of the facilitated break-out sessions and a list of the Tidal Energy Research Symposium and Forum delegates.