In support of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Cape Breton Region, inclusive of the Bras D’Or Lakes, Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) units were deployed at Barra Strait, Seal Island Bridge and Carey Point to collect flow information at these potential sites. Potential sites for tidal energy development in Cape Breton have previously been identified in the Canada Hydraulic Centre’s 2006 Inventory of Canada’s Marine Renewable Energy Resources and included Barra Strait, Seal Island Bridge and Carey Point. Recent interest from community groups and Tidal Energy Conversion (TEC) device developers in Barra Strait and Seal Island Bridge has led to the need for ADCP data in these areas.
The ADCPs deployed were bottom mounted, with a double acoustic release system for redundancy. The scope of work for data analysis included provision for standard ADCP QA/QC measures (pitch, roll and beam coherence) and time-series of flow velocities. The information from the data collection has provided recommendations regarding the potential for these, and other, tidal energy developments in Cape Breton.
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