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The Science Space building, on Innovation Campus, is pictured from the air. It is painted white and covered in blue, purple and red symbols. Photo: Tourism Australia

UOW’s Science Space to welcome state-of-the-art Energy Futures Zone

UOW’s Science Space to welcome state-of-the-art Energy Futures Zone

Vibrant new hands-on exhibition to showcase sustainable energy generation and inspire young innovators

The 51’s (UOW) will soon be home to a state-of-the-art gallery dedicated to showcasing the world of energy futures, after receiving a $2.5 million grant from the Australian Government.

The landmark project will see the creation of the Energy Futures Zone, a vibrant, interactive hub where visitors to Science Space can explore various forms of energy generation, with a strong emphasis on sustainable and innovative sources.

The gallery will feature 25 newly designed hands-on exhibits focusing on technologies such as hydrogen, wind, solar, wave, and gravity. Additionally, nine of Science Space’s most popular existing exhibits will be renewed, ensuring a cohesive and modern visitor experience.

Science Space’s new Energy Futures Zone forms part of a broader $10 million initiative to develop the skills and courses necessary for the Energy Future industries.

By engaging both young and old, the Energy Futures Zone aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators who will lead the charge in sustainable energy solutions.

The new exhibits will educate visitors about the importance and mechanics of energy generation while also highlighting potential careers in the growing field of energy futures. The Energy Futures Zone is slated to open in late 2025, marking a new era for Science Space and its visitors.

Director of Science Space, Stuart Creal, said the Energy Futures Zone will be the most significant transformation for the centre in 35 years.

“The Energy Futures Zone is a transformative addition to Science Space, reflecting our dedication to community engagement and education,” Mr Creal said.

“This new gallery will not only provide a deeper understanding of sustainable energy technologies but also inspire future generations to pursue careers in this vital field. By showcasing innovations from leading companies such as Hysata and Green Gravity, we aim to highlight and showcase the cutting-edge advancements that are shaping our energy future.”

Federal Member for Cunningham, Alison Byrnes MP, said educating the public on the importance of the clean energy transformation and the skills and expertise needed to achieve this, was part of the Australian Government’s vision of a future made in Australia.

“Engaging our younger Australians in the opportunities available in a clean energy future is vital for fostering our next generation of local engineers, scientists, trades and labour force.” Ms Byrnes said.

“I look forward to this new dynamic Energy Futures Zone at the Science Space opening visitors’ minds to the power and purpose of clean energy and encourage them to imagine a future in the new and exciting clean energy industries.”

For over three decades, UOW’s Science Space has been a beacon of inspiration and education, particularly for school-aged children, immersing more than 68,000 visitors annually in the wonders of STEM through its interactive exhibits, Science Theatre, and Planetarium.

With a record-breaking 18,000 school students visiting in 2023 alone, the centre is poised for an ambitious refresh to meet the evolving educational needs of the future.

UOW is committed to helping unlock Australia’s renewable energy potential by supporting our community and local industries to create sustainable jobs. In 2022, the Australian Government announced $10 million under its Priority Community Infrastructure Program to establish the Energy Future Skills Centre at UOW.

The Energy Futures Skills Centre will support the education, training and engagement needs for the work force of the future in partnership with local industry, community and global partners.