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An ambitious exhibition lifting the lid on the UK’s energy sector and its future has been unveiled.

Glasgow Science Centre is hosting Powering the Future, a £1.5million exhibition aiming to raise awareness of science and technology underpinning the critical issues related to the future of our energy supply.

Using a series of 60 thought-provoking interactive exhibits, Powering the Future will ask visitors to think about how we our future energy needs can be met, with content carefully designed to appeal to all age groups.

From feeling the force of wind in a hurricane booth, using winches to race Scalextric, piloting an underwater ROV and generating power in a dance-off, visitors will learn about the diverse ways we can harness energy and recognise the benefits and limits of different sources.

Skills Development Scotland is one of the partners of the exhibition, with others including the Scottish Government, OPITO, Scottish Enterprise, SSE, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, National Grid, EDF Energy, Scottish Power Energy Network and Doosan Babcock.

Pivotal role

Dr Stephen Breslin, chief executive of Glasgow Science Centre said: “Powering the Future will play a pivotal role in raising public awareness of how critical energy availability is.

“It will demonstrate the extent to which energy underpins our lives, day in – day out, and hopes to engage the public in considering ideas and concepts as to how we as society might seek to deliver a secure, affordable and cleaner energy future that guarantees we keep the lights on.

 “Never before has one exhibition attempted to engage the public on such a scientifically and technologically challenging, yet vitally important, subject.

By making the science relevant, we hope to spark an interest in the next generation to understand their role in coming up with the best ways to approach balancing carbon emissions, energy costs, and security of energy supply.”

Supply of young talent

It is estimated that over 1.8 million people will visit the exhibition during its five-year life span.

Professor Philip Nelson, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Chief Executive said: “The UK and the world face significant energy challenges. We have to produce enough energy to meet demand while reducing energy waste and our environmental impact, and we need to maintain a secure energy supply.

“Powering the Future will help the public recognise the complex situation we face with energy supply and the need for an energy mix.

“We need to ensure we have a supply of talented young scientists, engineers and industrialists who can develop solutions to meet our energy challenges in times to come. This exhibition will inspire young people to take an active interest.”

Visit the Glasgow Science Centre website to find out more

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