The British Energy Challenge road show arrived in beautiful Manchester Town Hall after a two month absence. This time, changes were certainly afoot. For one, the dreary weather was a reminder that autumn had arrived in full flow. More importantly, this was the first in the series of BEC events to involve a large-scale exhibition showcasing the scale of the energy challenge and organised in partnership with the Carbon Trust.
Over 300 visitors made the journey to the Town Hall to see 38 national and local exhibitors from the energy sector showcasing models, interactive demonstrations, games, prizes, freebies, career opportunities, energy saving tips and much more. The stunning neo-gothic architecture of the Town Hall provided an interesting contrast with some of the high-tech solutions that are being developed to tackle the energy challenge facing us today.
Exciting opportunities abounded for visitors – they were able to put their questions to climate change scientists in the Met Office TV Studio (take a look at their film of the day), take a ride on a smoothie-making bike and play a Carbon Literacy Project floor game. They could also step inside Dwelle’s model of a zero-carbon house, explore a working model of a marine current turbine with Siemens, and try their hand at a nuclear reaction simulation with the University of Manchester. Other highlights included one of SSE’s latest electric vehicles, stationed outside the Town Hall after a journey from Glasgow. Also generating interest was the Centre for Sustainable Energy’s four-metre long model of a green town, an engaging tool for planning issues and renewable energy technology.
We were pleased with the levels of enthusiasm and interest bouncing around the room, with visitors commenting that they had made their way around the exhibition three times!
If this sounds like a good day out, don’t forget that we have similar events coming up in Newcastle on September 20th and Bristol on October 10th.
You can register on the Carbon Trust website.