North Sea Link (NSL) interconnector has launched a new Energy Education Centre, to inspire and strengthen school pupils’ interest in energy, construction and STEM subjects.
The educational facility was officially opened by NSL – a joint venture between National Grid and Norwegian system operator Statnett – in Cambois, Northumberland. The centre will enable children from across the county to find out how interconnectors make energy cleaner and learn about the opportunities that a career in engineering could bring.
Located at NSL’s converter site in Cambois, the centre will be open for preorganised visits from the area’s 172 schools, as well as local community groups.
Visitors will be able to learn more about the interconnector and the technology involved, while exploring the site through virtual reality headsets and from a purpose-built viewing gallery. Featuring interactive elements, such as power-generating pedal bikes and video show reels, the centre allows visitors a unique insight into how electricity is generated and why clean energy is so important to our planet’s future.
NSL Senior Project Manager Steve Coxon and his team are hoping to welcome more than 2,000 pupils through the doors over the coming years: “While the region’s heritage may lie in coal mining, the future is looking green. With several on- and offshore wind farms, two dedicated biomass power stations and, now, the world’s longest subsea interconnector, the North East is gaining a global reputation as a leading area in renewable energy.
“Interconnectors are the perfect tool to facilitate the growth in renewables. We hope that launching our new Energy Education Centre will inspire the next generation to learn more about this kind of technology and the role interconnectors, such as NSL, play in delivering a greener, cleaner future for the UK.”
Stretching for over 720 kilometres between Cambois in the UK and Kvilldal in Norway, NSL is set to become the world’s longest subsea electricity interconnector. The 1.4 gigawatt electricity interconnector will allow fast and flexible power sharing between the British and Norwegian power grids; allowing the UK to bring in enough clean energy to power up to 1.4 million homes.