The U.K. power company SSE is giving the public a place to engage the range of technologies that are part of Scotland’s headlong dive into clean power. SSE recently opened the “Power of Now” exhibition at the Scottish Centre for Renewable Excellence on the ground floor of its building in Glasgow, looking to attract thousands of visitors to view and interact with renewable energy exhibits that range from a nearly life-sized wind turbine base to a small-scale house that uses a ground-source heat pump.
And there’s another lure: Six electric vehicle charging spaces, plus an EV rental operation from Europcar and Peugeot, as well as an all electric test car available for a quick spin. Electric scooters and bikes are also available to rent, SSE said.
Other features of the exhibit include:
- a hydroelectric generator that dams water and generates electricity by releasing it through turbines;
- an LED simulation of an electricity grid (network of power lines) and city;
- a wave powered generator;
- and a model of a ship that is used to lay undersea power lines for offshore wind farms and wave powered generators.