Mystic — Mystic Aquarium has opened a newly expanded exhibit that showcases a vast and largely untapped source of renewable energy — the ocean.
“From motion technology that converts the movement of waves, currents and tides into electricity, to offshore turbines that harness the power of wind and transfer that energy through underwater cables to power homes and businesses, Renewable Ocean Energy highlights the incredible potential of the ocean to sustainably meet our energy needs and address pressing climate concerns, while safeguarding ocean ecosystems,” stated the aquarium in announcing the opening of the exhibit.
The 400-square-foot exhibit on the mezzanine level of the Main Gallery features interactive mechanical models that allow visitors to manipulate underwater surge flaps and crank wind turbines, simulating the process of renewable power generation.
Graphics and a large projection screen explain the capabilities of seven different marine energy technologies. Aquarium guests can also learn about scientists and engineers involved in ocean energy, play games, and test their renewable energy knowledge at informational kiosks.
The aquarium said the exhibit also is aimed at inspiring people to consider careers in the emerging fields of marine energy and offshore wind. The exhibit was developed by the aquarium in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Ocean Power Technologies.
On Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., as part of its Conservation in Action Series, the aquarium will host a virtual panel discussion on renewable ocean energy. The event will also include a virtual tour of the new exhibit. Details can be found at www.MysticAquarium.org.