The Councillor of Culture, Heritage, Historical Memory and Linguistic Policy for the City of Palma, Llorenç Carrió, the General Director of Innovation and Educational Community of the Balearic Islands’ Government, Jaume Ribas, and the Manager of Communication Area of Red Eléctrica de España, Antonio Prada, have held a press conference today to present the exhibition A highway behind the wall socket. Electricity from the power station to your home, which is on exhibit as of today in the Casal Solleric of the Fundaciò Palma Espai d'Art.
The exhibition will be inaugurated in the afternoon by the Mayor of Palma, José Hila, and the Chairman of Red Eléctrica de España, José Folgado. The opening ceremony will also be attended by the Regional Minister of Territory, Energy and Mobility of the Balearic Islands’ Government, Marc Pons.
Red Electrica’s travelling exhibition A highway behind the wall socket. Electricity from the power station to your home was designed and created with the aim of explaining, in a highly didactic way and via an interactive journey, how the Spanish electricity system works. Moreover, it seeks to raise awareness among citizens on the efficient and responsible use of energy.
The exhibition, which will remain open until next February, is comprised of three areas. The first is devoted to the properties of electricity as a physical phenomenon. The second puts in perspective the electricity supply process and explains the challenge of achieving the balance between generation and consumption, the role played by the transmission grid and the importance of electricity interconnections between electricity systems.
It includes a section dedicated to Red Eléctrica’s most significant projects in the Balearic Islands, such as the submarine interconnections between islands, and the environmental initiatives conducted by the Company in the archipelago, such as the recovery of the Posidonia meadows or the Red Eléctrica Forest.
Lastly, in the third area of the exhibition, the visitor, as a citizen and consumer, becomes the protagonist of the electricity process with the ability to be a responsible player and choose what, how and when to consume, and proposes some ideas and recommendations for a rational and efficient use of energy.
It also provides a classroom for teaching various workshops, a projection room for audio-visuals and different interactive spaces. In addition, one can visit the Electricity Control Centre thanks to the virtual reality technology and can also enjoy the Controla game; a simulator that turns the visitor into an operator of this control centre.
The exhibition also has a space for the digital educational game entreREDes, created by Red Eléctrica and which allows the curricular content of students of secondary school (ESO) to be reviewed in a fun and entertaining way and, at the same time, bring the knowledge of the electricity system closer to students in order to promote the development of a sustainable energy model.
A highway behind the wall socket has already visited seven other Spanish museums. Since its launch in 2010, it has been on show in the Parque de las Ciencias in Granada, the Casa de las Ciencias in Logroño, the Museo de la Ciencia in Valladolid, the Museo Elder de la Ciencia y Tecnología in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Casa de la Ciencia in Seville, the Museo Abierto in Mérida and the Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya in Tarrasa. Throughout this six-year period, it has received over 365,000 visitors.
The Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission has highlighted this exhibition as one of the five best practices of European transmission system operators (TSO) and as a dissemination initiative transferable to all Member States of the European Union, in order to improve the understanding of citizens on how the electricity system works and of the need to develop electricity transmission facilities, as well as for the promotion of their social acceptance.
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