The exhibition focuses on the role of science and technology in the UK energy sector and highlights key issues that society is likely to face in the not too distant future. The £1.5million project is designed to stimulate public debate and engagement with the key issues around the energy ‘trilemma’ – security, affordability, and environment sustainability.
Through a series of 60 exhibits, visitors are invited to consider how we can meet ever growing demands on the energy sector using a hands-on approach that takes a ‘behind the scenes’ look at where energy comes from.
To develop the exhibition, scientists from Glasgow Science Centre gathered support from across the energy sector. Doosan Babcock was delighted to get involved as part of its efforts to promote STEM education, in line with our CSR programme. Other partners include the Scottish Government, oil and gas industry skills organisation OPITO, Scottish Enterprise, SSE, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, National Grid, EDF Energy, Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Power Energy Network.
Dr Stephen Breslin, Chief Executive of the Glasgow Science Centre, said: “It is exciting that Powering the Future has had cross-industry support and that the public will now have access to an exhibition which will help them form their opinions, and hopefully encourage them to take the next step into a career in the energy industry.”
“Reinforcing the importance of the role that young people have to play in addressing and taking on the challenges we face in energy supply cannot be over emphasised.”
Doosan Babcock CEO Andy Hunt, said: “As the energy mix becomes increasingly diverse and the shift to low-carbon and decentralised sources of energy gathers pace, it is important for us to translate the complexities of energy engineering and technology in a way that is tangible and interesting to the public. Powering the Future provides a great platform for this, helping us engage communities with the pioneering progress of the energy sector and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.”
Representing the company at the exhibition opening were Selma Hunter, Dr Les King, Simon Hopkins and Pauline Duffy.