More than 500,000 people visit the exhibition, 'A highway behind the wall socket', in Valencia

Created by Red Eléctrica, the exhibition aims to show how the Spanish electricity system works and raise awareness among citizens about the efficient use of energy.

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Since April 2017, Red Eléctrica de España’s exhibition entitled, A highway behind the wall socket: Electricity from the power station to your home, has been on display at the Museu de les Ciències in Valencia. The show runs through February 2018.

The exhibition was designed and created to explain, in an informative, interactive way, how the Spanish electricity system operates and to raise awareness among citizens about efficient and responsible energy consumption. Since its launch in 2010, it has travelled to nine Spanish cities.  

The show includes specific content about how the electricity system operates in the Community of Valencia and is divided into three sections. The first is dedicated to the properties of electricity as a physical phenomenon; the second demonstrates the electricity supply process and explains the challenge of balancing generation and consumption, the role of the transmission grid, and the importance of interconnections. Finally, visitors, as citizens and consumers, assume a pivotal role in the electrical process with their ability to be responsible players, by choosing what, how, and when to consume, and suggest various ideas and recommendations for the rational and efficient use of energy. 

Of particular interest are the large-scale model that illustrates generation, transmission, and demand; the virtual tour of Red Eléctrica’s Electricity control centre (Cecoel); and the Controla game, a simulator that turns visitors into operators of this pioneering control centre.