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The Power of a River

Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Description: NREL and Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut created a series of animation videos to showcase the types and opportunities of marine energy as part of Mystic’s Renewable Ocean Energy exhibit developed in collaboration with NREL, the U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office, and industry partners.

Topics explored: This animated video tells the story of the village of Igiugig, the Alaska Natives who call it home, and the river that runs through the community. The village draws power from the river without harming the salmon with a RivGen power system. The villagers are now less reliant on diesel fuel.

Education Level

• High School

• College

• Graduate School

• Vocational School

• Other Resources

Resource Type

• Visualizations, Animations, Videos, Games


• Env Science


• Energy Basics

• Hydrology

• Environmental Considerations

• Hydropower Facilities