Powering a city as big as London is a huge job. Making sure the homes, businesses, hospitals, schools and other vital services which serve the nearly 8 million inhabitants of the capital have power involves thousands of engineers, scientists, technicians and complex systems, all working for us without most of us even knowing.
But now a new education centre has been opened at the London Power Tunnel site to show youngsters just what goes into producing the energy that powers their lives.
The London Power Tunnels project is a major construction scheme to rewire the capital, via deep underground tunnels, to meet increasing electricity demand and help London to access the renewable Energy of the future.
National Grid’s new fully interactive Energy Education Centre based at the HQ of the company’s London Power Tunnels project has recently opened and is a Free facility, aimed at primary and secondary school pupils, which will teach children about how energy is produced, how we consume it and the need to change our relationships with energy now in order to safeguard our future.
Looking to create the future generation of engineers, this is one of National Grid’s initiatives to enthuse young people about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
This £1 billion project is explained at the centre and pupils will be able to see some of the construction activity firsthand.
The government’s National Infrastructure Plan has identified tunnelling as a vital skill for delivering future infrastructure projects. By 2015, it is estimated that the number of jobs in tunnelling and underground work will rise to 4,000. Continued investment in infrastructure to meet the future Energy challenge will potentially see thousands of engineer and technician jobs created by National Grid and other companies in the Energy sector.