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Electric Eel Powers Christmas Tree

A Christmas tree in Tokyo is being lit in a very unconventional way!

Christmas Tree lit up

Photo: Brent Flanders (flickr)

The Tokyo aquarium's use of eels is an interesting way to supply electricity.

Christmas time means chestnuts roasting on an open fire and a gorgeously lit up Christmas tree, right? Well, at a marine aquarium south of Tokyo, decorations are also going up, but not how you might think!

One decoration, the Christmas tree, is getting a lot of attention. The reason? The electricity that powers the lights is coming from an electric eel.

With each movement, the eel generates 800 watts of electricity. The aquarium has set up two aluminum electrodes inside the eel’s tank. The electrodes capture energy and convert it to power the Christmas tree.

Now, that’s what you call energy star!

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Margaret Aprison

Margaret is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Telecommunications and a minor in Psychology. The daughter of two scientists, Margaret has been surrounded by the subject her entire life. She enjoys social media, writing, television, and, of course, science!

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