Exploring smart grids with simulations in a mobile science exhibition

Huijie Li, Ilan Chabay, Ortwin Renn, Andreas Weber, Grace Mbungu
2015 Energy, Sustainability and Society  
Improving the publics' understanding of the energy system is a challenging task. Making citizens aware of how the complex energy system functions and how consumers of energy services can respond to a changing energy environment seems more difficult. In the context of the German energy transition, more active energy consumers are needed, not only in producing electricity on their own but also interacting with suppliers to make the energy system operate in a more efficient way through the
more » ... ent of a "smart grid". This article describes an approach taken with a public education perspective to engage citizens in thinking about the issues we are facing in moving toward a future with greater reliance on renewable energy. We introduced a mobile exhibition, including an interactive simulation game, which offered a perspective on the whole energy system. The goal was to stimulate questions and arouse citizens' interest in learning about the smart grid and help them to prepare for the transition to a smarter way of using energy.
doi:10.1186/s13705-015-0066-4 fatcat:oa5254unjbasjfvmycfm4g6f2y