Energy gallery opens at Science Museum

Energy Revolution: The Adani Green Energy Gallery is now open at the Science Museum in London.

The new gallery explores how the world can generate and use energy more sustainably to decarbonise global energy systems and limit climate change.

In Future Planet, visitors can examine how climate scientists use mathematics and complex computer-based models to understand our planet, and what these tell us about the range of climate futures that might lie ahead. In Future Energy, technologies – and the people behind them – that are reimagining how energy is supplied and used today are highlighted alongside historic artefacts which provide a longer view of the energy transition away from fossil fuels. Our Future looks forward to a new world that is being dreamt up, with children’s creative ideas of how the world will meet its future energy needs displayed with expert responses to them.

Vital low-carbon technologies for the energy transition, from nuclear, hydrogen and solar to wind and tidal power, are explored in Future Energy. On display for the first time is a huge quadrant from the Zero Energy Thermonuclear Assembly (ZETA), a nuclear fusion experiment created in the late 1950s by British scientists who imagined a world filled with abundant energy thanks to nuclear fusion. Visitors can study part of a later fusion experiment, the Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) which operated in Oxfordshire until 2013, and enjoy a view inside the record-breaking Joint European Torus (JET) fusion machine where scientists are experimenting to create a fusion-powered future. Visitors can also examine the complexities of nuclear power and consider if nuclear fission could meet growing energy needs. On display are models of made by Rolls-Royce of a small modular nuclear reactor, which may power more of our homes in the future, alongside part of a real (but non-radioactive) canister used for storing nuclear waste in the UK.

Oliver Carpenter, Lead Curator of Energy Revolution: The Adani Green Energy Gallery at the Science Museum, said:

This gallery shares contemporary stories of individuals, organisations and communities all imagining the future of low-carbon energy, but it also spotlights some of the earliest ideas and technologies created by the imaginations of previous generations. By taking a long view of the energy revolution and showcasing impressive technologies of the past, alongside today’s low-carbon options, we hope to inspire visitors to imagine a low-carbon energy future.

The NIBE S2125 Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP), a high temperature, energy saving model, which uses natural refrigerants, has been chosen by the museum to be included.

Olivia Powell-Maycock, Head of Marketing at NIBE, said:

It’s exciting to see our heat pump sitting alongside innovative examples from the past, present and future.

The Science Museum is such an iconic part of London’s attractions, entertaining and educating in equal measures – the ideal platform to get the climate change message across, while demonstrating the inspiring technological developments that will hopefully lead to more positive outcomes for the environment.

For more information on the new gallery and to book your free admission ticket, visit the Science Museum’s website: Energy Revolution: The Adani Green Energy Gallery | Science Museum

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