New Delhi, October 19 (IANS): The Science Museum in London has announced a groundbreaking new gallery, with Adani Green Energy Limited as the title sponsor, exploring how the world can go through the fastest energy transition in history to help curb climate change. The announcement was made when delegates attended a Global Investment Summit hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the museum.
The gallery will examine the latest climate science and the energy transition needed to reduce global fossil fuel dependence and meet the Paris goals of limiting global warming to around 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Visitors to the new gallery will see how data visualizations and future projections are the key to generating knowledge, making decisions about our lives and stimulating creative and innovative solutions.
“Envisioning our future together, as this gallery will encourage, provides a powerful program of action for all of us,” said Mary Archer, Chair of the Science Museum Group.
âThis gallery will take a truly global perspective on the world’s most pressing challenge. We face a grave threat, but the future is not predetermined – it is still up to us whether we can form the coalition needed to take urgent and far-reaching action. “
The gallery will highlight moments from the past when energy futures were imagined. For example, American inventor Thomas Edison created the world’s first public power grid in 1882 by imagining a world powered by electricity.
Power cords known as Edison tubes connected the first coal-fired power station to nearby homes and businesses in London. This revolutionary network established today’s power supply. A rare surviving Edison tube, on display for the first time since its inclusion in the Science Museum Group Collection, will allow visitors to marvel at this engineering feat when the new gallery opens in 2023.
Drawing on the Science Museum Group’s collection and loans, the gallery will employ a range of interactive and digital storytelling techniques to uncover the latest science and explore energy revolutions of the past and future.
The energy transition is supported by Adani Green Energy, the leading developer of solar energy, who wants to be the world’s largest company for the generation of renewable energies as Title Funder by 2030.
“We are very grateful to Adani Green Energy for the significant financial support they are providing to this gallery,” said Archer.
“We are excited to support the Energy Revolution Gallery, which will explore how society can advance the future through low-carbon technologies,” said Gautam Adani, chairman of Adani Green Energy.
âThe renewable energy revolution up to this point has been remarkable. The limitless power of wind and sun is impressive and our ability to harness that power is finally within reach. There is so much to learn from the history of this trip as the world writes a cleaner future and who better to portray this inspiration than the Science Museum team. “
As inventors and engineers tried to establish future modes of transport over the past 200 years, electric cars were imagined many times.
An early example, the Bersey Electric Cab, was intended as an improvement on horse taxis. Designed by Walter Bersey and built by the Great Horseless Carriage Company in 1897, it could reach 9 miles per hour and travel up to 48 miles. However, this electric taxi was ahead of its time, as breakdowns and expensive batteries made its operation unprofitable. It was only in the last few years that the dream of producing electric cars has become a reality.
Our understanding of climate change is based on forecasts of how the earth’s systems will change in the future. These projections are made possible by long-term global observations showing how our planet is already changing. A fundamental series of observations was initiated in 1958 by Charles David Keeling, who began measuring carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. One of the air sampling bottles he used will be on display in the new gallery. These measurements continue around the world and provide vital information about the inexorable rise of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, making this bottle a powerful visual reminder of the human impact on our planet.
Energy Revolution: The Adani Green Energy Gallery will be developed around four thematic sections, each of which will offer a different perspective on the crucial challenge of this century:
Using examples from history, Alternative Futures examines the moments when people imagined different types of energy futures – often in times of crisis – and the history of the energy transition that shaped our world. Past visions of the future remind us that our energy system today was not inevitable – and that many futures were possible.
Future Planet looks at today’s projections of the future and examines how climate scientists use complex climate models to understand Earth’s systems and what they tell us about the magnitude and nature of future climate impacts.
Future Energy and Power focuses on technologies with the potential to support global change towards a low carbon future and examines how change pathways are influenced by local geographic, social and political factors.
In Future Living we examine how each individual’s life is intertwined with energy systems that determine how we live, work and move around. This section examines the possibilities of people to influence our energy future and the prospect of a “just energy transition” that enables a better standard of living in developing countries.
The new gallery will replace Atmosphere, which has welcomed more than six million visitors since opening a decade ago.