Energy

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Energy consumed, knowledge gained - go on an exciting journey through the centuries in the "Energy" exhibition.

The entrance area and central area include: An installation that draws visitors' attention to the subject of "Energy", an area offering facts in brief, and the "Energy Cinema". The "Forum" offers orientation and space for discussions, and points the way to the special exhibitions and individual subject groups.

The time of arts

In the pre-industrial age, the time of arts, energy was generated where it was needed. Sun and wood fires were sources of light and heat. Water, wind and the muscle-power of people and animals provided kinetic energy.

Art describes all of the creative human skills in the early modern era. It also includes the development of technical installations. Masters of art exclusively made creations from their own experience.

The time of power stations

During industrialisation, the time of power stations, power stations supplied individual regions or factories. Coal has been used for the generation of energy since the 18th century. This led to the development of steam engines, railways and combustion engines. Power stations were produced to supply limited areas. They supplied motive force, gas or electricity to a factory or region.

The time of networks

In the 20th century, the time of networks, suppliers and users of energy were extensively integrated. In the 20th century, crude oil, natural gas and uranium were added to the traditional energy carriers. Electricity became outstandingly important as secondary energy. Extensive networks were produced for the provision and use of energy. Examples include the mains power supply, the gas network and also the networks of petrol stations.

Communication networks, such as the telephone network and the Internet, developed almost simultaneously with the energy networks.

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