Wind energy, a pint and a panel debate

To some, they are grotesque scars on our landscape. To others, they are the future of Scotland’s energy production. But how do wind turbines actually work? And how has science and technology informed the renewable energy sector? On Thursday 12th June, Glasgow Science Festival attendees will have the chance to pitch their questions to a panel of wind energy experts for a special event in The Admiral Bar. Jethro Dowell gave us the lowdown.


Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Jethro Dowell. I am a research student at the University of Strathclyde in the department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and it is my job to work out how to better predict renewable electricity generation, which can be very difficult when the weather is involved!

What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?

Wind energy is a hot topic that polarises opinions and divides communities. Both sides of the debate rely on science and engineering to make their arguments. The Glasgow Science Festival is the perfect platform for experts to publicly debate the issues with each other and the public, and to highlight the importance of science and engineering in society today.

With the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, Glasgow is gearing up to welcome the world. What’s your top tip for visitors?

Explore as much as possible! Glasgow has a rich history that can be seen in the city’s architecture, art galleries and museums. There is a great panoramic view from the top of The Lighthouse right in the city centre.

Favourite Scottish food and drink?

I have a sweet tooth so I has to be Scottish tablet, and a nice peaty whisky… though probably not together!

Impress us with your favourite science fact. Or joke.

As I write there are 6 people living in space …and 3 of them have been there for half a year!

Discover the science behind wind technology at Scotland’s Future: The Wind Turbine’s Arms in The Admiral Bar on Thursday 12th June. Have a pint and pitch your questions to experts working in the field. You can tweet your questions in advance of the event @GlasgowSciFest or email


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