The travelling exhibition of Red Eléctrica de España ‘A highway behind the wall socket. Electricity, from the power station to your home’ says goodbye to the Museu de les Ciències of Valencia on Sunday, 11 February, after receiving more than 600,000 visitors since its inauguration in April 2017.
Since its launch in 2010, the exhibition has been visited by more than 970,000 people after travelling to Granada, Logroño, Valladolid, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Seville, Merida, Tarrasa, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia. The exhibition will move on to Bilbao in the spring.
The exhibition, designed by Red Eléctrica with the aim of explaining to citizens how the Spanish electricity system works and to raise awareness of the need to use electricity responsibly, was chosen by the European Commission as one of the best communication initiatives to help citizens understand the need to develop electricity transmission facilities, as well as to encourage their acceptance by society.
Three exhibition areas
The exhibition is divided into three areas. The first is dedicated to the properties of electricity as a physical phenomenon; and the second shows 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 with other countries in order to alleviate the consequences of the electrical isolation suffered by Spain. Finally, the visitor, as a citizen and consumer, becomes the protagonist of the electricity supply process with the capacity to be a responsible player and choose how and when to consume, and proposes some ideas and recommendations for a more rational and efficient use of energy.
Among the more than 50 activities that make up this exhibition, noteworthy is the large working scale model that helps explain the generation and transmission process in relation to electricity demand; the virtual visit to both the Electricity Control Centre (CECOEL) and the Control Centre of Renewable Energies (CECRE) of Red Eléctrica and the 'Controla' game, a simulator that allows the visitor to become an operator of the CECRE; a worldwide pioneering control centre.
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