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Village Power Exhibit Featured at NREL's Visitors Center

"Powering Our Lives, Powering Our World Energy" Expo Slated for February-April

For more information contact:
Gary Schmitz, 303-275-4050
email: Gary Schmitz

Golden, Colo., Feb. 16, 2001 - An exhibit that demonstrates how renewable energy sources can bring needed electricity to developing nations worldwide opens Feb. 20 at the Visitors Center of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The Village Power exhibit is a feature attraction of NREL's Visitors Center "Powering Our Lives, Powering Our World" Energy Expo which includes workshops, tours, exhibits and a children's program. "Powering Our Lives, Powering Our World" Energy Expo begins Feb. 20 with the opening of the Village Power exhibit, and continues through April. All activities are free.

The Village Power exhibit incorporates a replica of a building that might typically be found in a developing nation. It demonstrates how solar energy systems and small wind turbines can improve the lives of the 2 billion people worldwide who lack electricity and offers a dramatic contrast to electricity use in the developed world.

A mock medical clinic powered by renewable energy also is part of the exhibit. NREL's international program helps put technologies demonstrated by the exhibit to work in nations around the globe. The Village Power exhibit is open for self-guided tours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Reservations are required for large group visits.

"Powering Our Lives, Powering Our World" Energy Expo also includes:

The Sun Emulator is a demonstration exhibit that helps children and adults learn about the sun's rotation around the Earth and how scientists use this information to capture its energy. Kids can learn about tracking the sun while assembling their own sundial.

Adults can learn about solar-electric systems during an hour tour of the Photovoltaic Outdoor Test Facility at the main NREL site starting at 3, 4 and 5 p.m. on March 21. Tours begin at the Visitors Center.

NREL's wind experts will host a National Wind Technology Center tour and presentation, "Harnessing the Wind to Power Your Home" from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on April 3. The wind center is on Colorado 128 between Golden and Boulder.

Climate change expert and director of the Colorado Energy Science Center, Pat Keegan, will conduct the workshop "Global Climate Change: Solutions for the Home and Business" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on April 18 at the Visitors Center.

All activities are free and open to the public, but reservations are required for tours and workshops. Call the Visitors Center at (303) 384-6565 for reservations.

The Visitors Center is located at 15013 Denver West Parkway in Golden. To get to the Visitors Center, take I-70 to Denver West Boulevard, Exit 263, and travel north to Denver West Parkway. Turn left and continue past the Marriott Hotel to the NREL Visitors Center.

The National Wind Technology Center is at 18200 Colorado Highway 128, one mile east of Colorado Highway 93, between Golden and Boulder.

NREL is a national laboratory owned by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by Midwest Research Institute, Battelle and Bechtel. The lab conducts research into photovoltaics, wind energy, plant-derived fuels and chemicals, energy-efficient buildings, advanced vehicle design and hydrogen technologies.

Updated information about "Powering Our Lives, Powering Our World" Energy Expo is available by calling the NREL Consumer Hotline at 303-275-4087 or visiting the Web site.

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