Gallery: OMSI exhibit illuminates region's renewable energy
By Lee van der Voo
Sustainable Business Oregon contributing writer
Benjamin Moore, 4, shows how a plunger — which works like a linear generator used in wave energy devices — creates electricity at OMSI's Renewable Energy Exhibit. The exhibit opened Jan. 17, reflecting the Northwest's leadership in renewable energy with support from local businesses, including Oregon Wave Energy Trust.
A bilingual renewable energy exhibit opened Jan. 17 at OMSI — the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry — to highlight the Pacific Northwest region's opportunities in clean energy. It features the work of several companies in the state.
OMSI raised more than $960,000 to build the exhibit. Major support was provided by title sponsors Portland General Electric, Meyer Memorial Trust, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and The Collins Foundation, and by Vestas and Iberdrola Renewables, which are presenting sponsors. Additional support was provided by sponsors SolarWorld and Bonneville Power Administration, Mentor Graphics, Christenson Electric, Oregon Wave Energy Trust, Union Bank, Pacific Power Foundation and Energy Trust of Oregon.
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Companies also provided a hand in crafting it:
- PGE funded an interactive feature to demonstrate power balancing, allowing OMSI to tour their facilities, including their control room, to create it.
- SolarWorld supplied artifacts and a step-by-step demo of its manufacturing process.
- BPA provided funding and expertise on grid transmission, along with a model of a transmission tower.
- Oregon Wave Energy Trust provided insight into wave energy research, consulted on a simulated wave energy generator, and arranged a tour at Oregon Iron Works where Ocean Power's energy-generating buoy is under construction.
- Iberdrola Renewables and Vestas weighed in on wind turbine mechanics, wind energy collection and grid management.
For a look at how it all turned out, click through the gallery.
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