Powering the Future and engaging the public in the future energy mix

Dr Stephen Breslin is the CEO of Glasgow Science Centre which will this week open it’s latest exhibition called ‘Powering the Future’. SSE has supported the exhibition and donated equipment for display so we asked him to tell us what he’d like ‘Powering the Future’ to achieve.

It is with great excitement that I will be opening Scotland’s first ever exhibition that will raise public awareness of the energy challenges that face us and engage everyone (young and old) in the debate on how to solve them. This was only made possible because of the unique coalition of industry and policy-makers, which includes SSE, which has helped create it. 

When it launches later this week, Powering the Future will be part of the Glasgow Science Centre and will help the public appreciate the critical role of the energy sector, the basic science behind it and the challenges we face in balancing our energy supply and demand. 

We want visitors to understand what is behind the flick of a switch, or the fuel pump at the garage, and connect from the personal to the global. This will be vital in shaping the conversations we have about future energy supplies from wind to hydro power, where SSE leads the field.

The constant, steady availability of energy underpins our modern lives. However, one of the biggest challenges for society, which is being considered at international, national and local levels, is how our continuing demand for energy can be met at an acceptable environmental and economic cost. Balancing carbon emissions, energy costs, and security of energy supply - the energy trilemma.

In a first, we have engaged more than 50 experts from across the energy sector; from industry engineers and scientists from organisations like SSE, to policy makers, training skills councils, education, research and academia. Powering the Future will be an engaging display with interactive, hands-on exhibits that bring to life the science and engineering behind an energy future that is affordable, secure and clean. 

In addition to creating a better informed public that is engaged in the debate on future energy supply; Powering the Future will also aim to attract young people to the industry, inspired by the challenges and the role they could play in developing future solutions to these challenges. 

The future of energy is a complex puzzle that will have far-reaching consequences - personally and globally - for the security of our energy supply, for the cost of our energy and for our planet. We hope that you can help power our future.

Powering the Future opens at the Glasgow Science Centre on Thursday 10 December. It is supported by a range of partners including SSE, Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, OPITO, Engineering Physical Science Research Council, National Grid, EDF Energy, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Power Energy Network and Doosan Babcock.

Dr Stephen Breslin is Chief Executive Officer of Glasgow Science Centre and is committed to stimulating peoples’ interest in science and helping them to discover the pleasure and relevance in science, engineering and technology. Previously, Stephen was Chief Executive Officer of Futurelab Education, one of the most highly respected think-tanks and research labs in the world whose work has had a profound impact on educational practice and thinking. Stephen has been a professional within the science and engineering industry for over 20 years, starting his career as an engineering consultant seconded to the Royal Navy at Clyde Submarine base, Faslane.