An exhibit that demonstrates how renewable energy can bring electricity to developing nations will be featured at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado.
GOLDEN, Colorado – The Village Power exhibit is part of NREL’s Visitors Center ‘Powering Our Lives, Powering Our World’ energy exposition that includes workshops, tours, exhibits and a children’s program. The expo begins February 20 and will continue through April. The exhibit includes a replica of a building in a developing nation, and demonstrates how solar energy systems and small wind turbines can be designed to provide electricity to two billion people around the world who lack access to power. A mock medical clinic powered by renewable energy is part of the exhibit. The Sun Emulator is a demonstration exhibit that helps visitors learn about the sun’s rotation and how scientists use this information to capture its energy. Youngsters can learn about tracking the sun while assembling their own sundial. Adults can learn about solar PV from tours of the Photovoltaic Outdoor Test Facility at the main NREL site, and wind experts from NREL will offer tours of the National Wind Technology Center and a presentation on ‘Harnessing the Wind to Power Your Home.’ The Colorado Energy Science Center will conduct workshops on global climate change solutions. NREL is a national laboratory owned by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by Midwest Research Institute, Battelle and Bechtel. The lab conducts research into PV, wind energy, plant-derived fuels, energy-efficient buildings, advanced vehicle design and hydrogen technologies. NREL has an international program that is designed to put many of the technologies demonstrated by the exhibit to work around the world.