New Orleans, LA — Siemens Energy Inc. is taking a 3,000-square-foot exhibit -- a walk-in structure designed to look like a globe sliced in half -- on the road as part of an ambitious Smart Grid education campaign that begins today.
Siemens' launch of the six-city tour by its Smart Grid Dome coincides with the 40th annual Earth Day and the close of the IEEE Smart Grid conference in New Orleans, which is the starting point for the roadshow.
The exhibit, contained in a space that is about 70 feet wide and 30 feet high, showcases end-to-end Smart Grid solutions.
"Visitors can experience the automation and distribution process from generation to transmission via videos, interactive demos, educational sessions with Siemens experts and more," according to a spokeswoman for the company.
The dome is open to the public "but geared toward specific audiences, including utilities; national and regional governments; commercial, industrial and residential building owners and [other] end consumers," she said
Noting that electricity demand worldwide is projected to grow by more than 60 percent by 2030, Siemens says, "implementation of the Smart Grid will be essential to meet and manage this growing need and will help reduce worldwide carbon emissions by more than 1 billion tons by the year 2020."
With $3.5 billion in smart grid investments committed by the Obama administration in late 2009, a growing number of smart grid related projects are expected to come online and accelerate a shift toward increased production and use of renewable energy, the company also observed.
The traveling Smart Grid Dome provides a highly visual way for people to learn how a Smart Grid functions, the spokeswoman said.
To that end, the exhibit is scheduled to travel to various events and high-profile locations in the next six months: Atlanta in May; Chicago in June; Portland, Ore., in July; New York City in September; and Washington, D.C., in October, where the tour is scheduled to close.
Admission is free but visitors must register. More information is available at www.siemens.com/smartgridtour.
In other developments this week, Siemens was selected by the Hawaiian Electric Company to provide a smart grid solution that will integrate automation of the distribution grid -- thereby improving reliability and operational efficiency.
Images courtesy of Siemens.