National Grid Energy: Powering Our Future
Energy: Powering our Future is an exciting, interactive exhibit that informs and educates visitors on past, present, and future energy production; conservation and demand; alternative energy sources; and human impact on Earth’s climate and ecosystems. It combines fact-filled panels with video and hands-on pieces that educate about different types of energy: natural gas, wind, hydroelectric, and solar.
Visitors wave their hands above a motion sensor to create wind to make small-scale windmills turn. Race against someone to be the first to light up a city’s electric grid at the hydroelectric station. Use a magnet to move metal balls to the top of a hill and see how micro-hydro generators work.
One screen provides a real-time estimate of when the world’s oil reserves will be depleted: in less than 38 years. But reserves will be in insufficient quantity to power the world in half that time. The screen dramatically shows the seconds of oil availability dropping quickly.