The “Energies of theTerritory” Museum was created to answer the need to increase public awareness of renewable energy sources, mindful of the priorities of respecting the environment and of making well-informed, sustainable use of energy.
The museum sets out to help visitors appreciate this territory in light of its specific environmental characteristics. That is why guided visits are not limited to the museum alone, but also reach out to the discovery of the environment and its energy sources, such as the Pianacce Power Plant.
Through educational panels and practical reconstructions, the museum makes clear how it is possible to transform a natural phenomenon into energy, be it mechanical or electric, and further how to measure it and explain its applications. Space within the museum has been set up as a laboratory, and the theme of renewable energy is presented through a series of working models activated by the visitors themselves, who, through direct interaction, deepen their understanding of the phenomena involved. The primary purpose is to sensitize younger generations to the question of sustainable development and to the proper use of resources.
Particular attention is paid to geothermal energy, a true treasure of the territory around Radicondoli, utilized either directly (for greenhouses and domestic heating) or in the production of electric energy, guaranteeing sufficient quantities to meet the requirements of 50,000 families.
The practical application of geothermal energy is illustrated by a brief documentary, by explanatory panels, and by equipment used in research and utilization of hot fluids present underground, the stratigraphy of which is reconstructed through a series of rocks that go as deep as 4,000 metres.
Once they have made bookings, groups may continue their visit outside the museum in order to discover the cultural, natural and scientific characteristics that this special area has to offer: guided itineraries include a visit to the geothermal power plant, to some natural manifestations of geothermal energy, and to greenhouses where teleheating is used.