EnergyAustralia’s popular Energy Expo at the Mt Piper power station is reopening with new interactive displays, a cultural display and a spotlight on the transition to renewable energy sources.
The Energy Expo has been delighting visitors since it opened 30 years ago, welcoming tens of thousands of students, community groups, tourists and families eager to learn about how electricity is produced and distributed.
Head of Mt Piper, Steve Marshall, said EnergyAustralia used the extended closure of the centre due to COVID restrictions as an opportunity to revamp the Expo, including a new cultural keeping place.
“The Wiradjuri people are the traditional owners of the land Mt Piper sits on and for the first time we’re displaying tools and artefacts discovered on and around the site,’’ Mr Marshall said.
As well as a focus on connection to First Nations people, the Expo has new interactive displays highlighting EnergyAustralia’s transition to renewables and sustainable energy options for today and for the future.
Projects include the Gannawarra Energy Storage System, the first integrated solar and storage project in Victoria and among the largest of its kind in the world; the Tallawarra B project, which will deliver Australia’s first carbon offset hydrogen and gas capable power plant; and the utility-scale battery named Wooreen in the Latrobe Valley.
Visitors can also learn about EnergyAustralia’s plans for a pumped hydro project on Wiradjuri Country at nearby Lake Lyell.
Located near Lithgow in the NSW Central West region, Mt Piper is Australia’s youngest coal-fired power station and boasts state of the art electrical, mechanical, and civil infrastructure. The plant is fuelled using coal sourced from the local area.
As well as taking in the exhibits, models, displays, photos and videos, guests can take a walk through the plant. The site tour includes a briefing about the operation of the plant and a visit to various areas.
Mr Marshall says the Expo is an enjoyable and educational experience suitable for “anybody with an interest in how energy is generated and how coal-fired plants supply the electricity we use to power our daily lives.”
The Expo officially re-opened on 20 July 2022 and featured a smoking ceremony and traditional dance. Amenities including a picnic area with electric BBQs and children’s playground, and an EV charging station will also re-open to the public.
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