EPSRC partners with Glasgow Science Centre in major new energy exhibition

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Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre has announced a new £1.5 million exhibition about energy called Powering the Future, that will open on December 10th 2015. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is one of the exhibition partners.

Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC'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 supply. To meet these challenges we have to have an informed public and a supply of talented scientists, engineers and industrialists who can develop the science, technology and businesses to solve our problems.

The Powering the Future exhibition and campaign will play an important role in getting these messages across and inspiring the people who are going to come into the field. EPSRC is pleased to be a funding partner in the campaign.

The exhibition will shine a spotlight on one of the biggest challenges facing modern society: the future of our energy supply.

Through a series of over 60 interactive exhibits, visitors will be asked how we can meet increasing energy demand reliably, at an acceptable economic and environmental cost.

From feeling the force of wind in a hurricane booth, building a Lego hydroelectric power station, piloting an underwater ROV and generating power in a dance-off, visitors will learn about ways we can harness energy and recognise the benefits and limits of different sources.

From how energy is generated, to how it is transformed, stored and transmitted, you can discover what happens behind your power switch.

Glasgow Science Centre has secured funding from across the energy industry and thanked exhibition partners for their support: The Scottish Government, oil and gas industry skills organisation OPITO, Scottish Enterprise, SSE, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, National Grid, EDF Energy, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Power Energy Network and Doosan Babcock.

Reference: PN 48-15