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The interactive exhibition all about the power grid.

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The Technisches Museum Wien is set to be a live wire from November 2017!
Our new 500 m² interactive permanent exhibition will examine key aspects of Austria’s national power grid, both now and in the future.

It will also be lots of fun. Thanks to a unique concept the connection between energy generation and consumption will be conveyed to visitors in a way that’s as entertaining as it’s informative.

Where does our electricity come from? What’s so special about Austria’s electricity grid? Why haven’t we completely switched over to renewables by now? How does the consumption of electricity relate to its production? And what role can I play?

The exhibition comprises nine sections all about electrical energy, its sources and its sinks. Its sources usually include power plants which then feed the electricity into the grid (e.g. hydropower, wind power, solar energy, thermal power stations, etc.). Sinks include consumers who use electrical energy in our homes – i.e. each and every one of us. Sinks occupy a special position when it comes to a future-viable electricity grid. They act both as sources and sinks since they are just as capable of yielding energy as they are of absorbing it.
Each of the nine sections plays a part in the symbolic electricity grid that links the exhibition itself. At the very core of the game is a control centre that provides a good overview of the exhibition. The control centre illustrates the interplay between all of the options for electricity generation, distribution and storage. Players need to regulate the balance between offer and demand, and also prevent a blackout.

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