Nuclear power plant information trucks kicks off festival tour at VOLT

6/27/14 6:00 AM
The interactive exhibition of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant and MVM Paks II. Nuclear Power Plant Development Ltd. kicks off its festival tour this year at the VOLT Festival between 2 and 6 July. In the interactive truck bearing the logo ‘Energy for Our Future’, in addition to the realistic control console simulator of the nuclear power plant, festival-goers can also try out a power generating bike between two concerts, and specialists working in Paks will be on hand to answer their questions.

As in previous years, the interactive exhibition of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant and MVM Paks II. Nuclear Power Plant Development Ltd., the interactive truck bearing the logo ‘Energy for Our Future’, is again setting out on a festival tour this year. As its first stop, the exhibition is going to arrive at the VOLT Festival organised between 2 and 6 July, where it will not only be the star guests who can try out the simplified control console of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant, which accounts for more than half the electricity generated in Hungary, or while riding a power-generating bike work out how long they would be required to pedal to generate the amount of electricity needed for watching a world championship match or for a rock concert. One of the most spectacular elements of the truck is the interactive control console, using which visitors can themselves experience how the price of electricity as well as carbon dioxide emissions would increase if they virtually decreased the output of the simulated nuclear power plant.

The interactive truck bearing the logo ‘Energy for Our Future’ can be visited on site throughout the VOLT Festival, and this year visitors can also encounter the exhibition afterwards at EFOTT organised in Miskolctapolca, in the Valley of Arts in Kapolcs, and during the Szeged Youth Days and at the Debrecen Flower Carnival, the Szerencs Chocolate Festival and the Nyíregyháza Vidor Festival. The exhibition has been visiting the major summer festivals in Hungary already for the fourth year and has been touring the country since 2009, due to which more than 180,000 people so far could become familiar with the operation of nuclear power plants and could experience why it is important to maintain the capacity of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant from the point of view of the energy supply and economy of the country. Visitors to the lorry can become familiar with all operational nuclear power plants in the world, the history of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant – which has been safely operating for three decades – the Hungarian electricity grid, as well as the colourful flora and fauna of Paks and its environs. Experienced and competent specialists of the nuclear power plant are pleased to answer any questions visitors may have.

In Hungary, only the nuclear power plant is able to generate large quantities of electricity without emitting greenhouse gases. The four Paks units save the oxygen demand of two million people every year, i.e. the annual oxygen output of forests in Hungary. The goal of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant is to make as many young people as possible familiar with its technology, which is outstandingly safe even in international comparison. In addition to reliability, its continuous and high level of public support allows the nuclear power plant to operate the existing Paks units 20 years beyond their design life and allows the new units to strengthen the energy security of Hungary.

Every year, the exhibition is also visited by renowned artists and athletes committed to environmental protection. This year, the rock band Ivan & The Parazol, which has enjoyed international success, will try out what it would feel like to control a nuclear power plant. In previous years, in addition to world champion and Olympic bronze medallist canoeist György Kozmann, the singer Ákos, the musicians of Irie Maffia and Balkan Fanatik, as well as the founder of the Random Trip jam project and drummer of Turbo, Jávor Delov, were guests at the artificial truck, and the basketball players of ASE and the footballers of MVM Paks FC also tried out the simulator.