Glasgow Science Centre powers up Scottish minds

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A NEW £1.5 million exhibition aims to fire the global debate on energy by shining a light on the technologies that we all rely upon.

Powering the Future, which opens at Glasgow Science Centre on December 10, is the result of a two year partnership between public and private sector organisations from across the energy industry.

Kelly Paterson of Glasgow Science Centre feels the power of the wind in the hurricane booth at the new exhibition. Picture: Robert Perry

Kelly Paterson of Glasgow Science Centre feels the power of the wind in the hurricane booth at the new exhibition. Picture: Robert Perry

Visitors can learn about various power sources through a series of innovative exhibits including a hurricane simulator and a photo booth powered by dancing.

It aims to educate the public on how energy is generated and the decisions that must be made as global demand continues to rise.

Organisers believe it is one of the most ambitious exhibitions ever staged at a UK science centre on the subject of energy.

“Energy is an issue that affects all of our lives. We all consume it, we all rely on it,” said Dr Stephen Breslin, centre chief executive. “We all have to become involved in some of the decisions on the future of our energy supply.

Energy is an issue that affects all of our lives. We all consume it, we all rely on it

Dr Stephen Breslin, Glasgow Science Centre chief executive

“We all need a platform to engage the general public in an informed debate.

“What you find in the energy sector just now, is the debates are emotional and polarised. We all have to get together and present the facts in an accessible way to allow people to enter the debate in an informed way.

“For young people, we want to excite them about the opportunities that exist in the energy industry. There’s a lot we don’t know. How can we use energy more efficiently? How can we harness our natural resources more effectively?”

Among those backing the event are the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise as well as energy giants SSE, EDF and oil and gas industry skills body OPITO.

“So many people have opinions on energy and they are not always based on evidence,” said Dr Gillian Lang, deputy director of science at the centre.

“It took us a long time to make sure we presented the facts fairly. The topic is challenging as it is very sensitive.

“We have to cater to people of all ages and education. The exhibits are accessible and offer people the chance to learn more about a particular subject if they want.”

The exhibition features more than 60 exhibits, shining a light on all aspects of the energy industry, from renewables to oil.

More than 1.8 million visitors are expected to pass through during its five-year lifespan.

Fergus Ewing MSP, minister for energy and tourism, said: “Powering The Future highlights the issues that affect each and every one of us, young and old, and this exhibition helps to make science accessible and fun.

“We need to inspire our next generation of scientists and engineers who will contribute to finding long-term solutions to our energy needs as we change the way we produce and use our energy.”