The Minas Passage, which connects the Minas Basin to the Bay of Fundy, contains to some of the most energetic currents in North America and the World. In average 1,013MW of power is embodied in the tidal stream, of which about 152MW could be extracted without any negative impact on the environment.
This document describes the results of a system level design, performance and cost study for both a demonstration pilot plant at Cape Blomidon transect and an economics assessment of a commercial size in-stream tidal power plant installed at the Cape Sharp transect in the Minas Passage. The primary purpose of this design study is to identify and quantify the risks and benefits of using TISEC technology at the Minas Passage site. As such it addresses the technology, energy production, cost of a pilot and commericial power plant system and the cost of electricity of a commercial scale plant.