Renewable Energy Maps
Nova Scotia Wind Atlas
The Nova Scotia Wind Atlas is a project of the Nova Scotia Department of Energy in a partnership with the K.C. Irving Chair in Sustainable Development at the Université de Moncton and the Applied Geomatics Research Group at the Nova Scotia Community College.
The colors on the maps represent average annual wind speeds at a particular location.
Wind Resource Maps of the Terrestrial Component of Nova Scotia
Wind Resource Maps of Nova Scotia, up to 10 km offshore
Wind Resource Maps of Nova Scotia
Click on one of the following tiles to obtain an enlarged version of the wind resource map for that part of the Province of Nova Scotia.
These maps were created to help identify Nova Scotia's wind resource and stimulate its use. They are freely available for anyone interested in wind energy development in Nova Scotia.
Whether you are an existing business, an entrepreneur, a cooperative, a community group or a land owner in the province, the Nova Scotia Wind Atlas can help identify the best locations to install wind farms or turbines. There is data for both the large utility scale level (for large wind farms and large wind turbines with hub heights of 80 m) and at the private or small business level (for single turbines with hub heights of 30 or 50 m).
Every wind turbine has its own generation capacity relative to wind speed. These maps, used in combination with the technical specifications of the wind turbine(s), can help estimate the electricity power production of a project.
As with any computer modeling, the wind resource on a specific location should be validated with physical measurements using a meteorological tower. This is particularly true for any wind energy projects that needs a substantial amount of money.
The base mapping and land cover data employed in this analysis has been used with the permission of Service Nova Scotia & Municipal Relations and the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, respectively.
Interactive Wind Resource Maps of Nova Scotia
This section is currently still being developed and should be available by the summer of 2008.
This Nova Scotia Wind Atlas project is made available through a partnership between the Nova Scotia Department of Energy, the K.C. Irving Chair in Sustainable Development of the Université de Moncton and the Applied Geomatics Research Group of the Nova Scotia Community College.
Canadian Tidal Resource Map
There are numerous tidal resources along Canada's coastlines.
The Bay of Fundy is the most practical to develop because it's location close to an existing electricity grid and potential consumers.
Natural Resources Canada- GEOSCAN Database
This link takes you to a searchable library of publications of Natural Resources Canada Earth Sciences Sector. It Features scientific and technical publications of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and Geomatics Canada, the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing and links to other publications available online.
This database features approximately 50,000 records .Of particular interest for marine renewable energy, search "Bay of Fundy Sea Floor Relief Maps". The Geological Survey of Canada has released a series of seventeen contiguous maps that show seafloor relief of the Bay of Fundy and topography of the surrounding land areas in shaded-relief view at a scale of 1:50 000. The maps are based on multibeam sonar surveys performed between 1993 and 2009 to map 13010 km2 of the seafloor.