The first of its kind in Bulgaria Science and Energy Center PlanetUm opened in Burgas. The project was realized with the support of Shell and its partners in the exploratory Block 1-14 Khan Kubrat in the Black Sea – Woodside Energy and Repsol, as well as the Municipality of Burgas and the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company. The social investment of the three companies is €474 000. The center is situated in the building of the Marine station and is a grand new addition to the renovated area of the port of Burgas.
Visitors to PlanetUm will have access to over 20 educational and interactive installations, across three different zones – Energy, Discovery, and Innovation. The installations will provide insight into how energy is generated from conventional and renewable sources, will give information about life-changing discoveries in the last centuries, and about the unique aspects of the Burgas region’s marine and terrestrial environment.
One of the most interesting exhibits is an atmospheric diving suit, through which visitors will be able to play the role of a real diver and experience the limitations of movement at low pressure, as well as the installations for generating different types of energies from renewable sources such as water and wind.
Kamelia Slaveykova, Country Chair of Shell Bulgaria, said: “Аt Shell we are passionate supporters of education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In a world, where the demand for energy will increase, but at the same different low-carbon options will be sought, we need the skills of scientists and engineers in finding relevant and affordable solutions. That is why we are proud to support the Мunicipality of Bourgas in realizing this project. It is aimed at inspiring students and improving their skills in engineering sciences. We are thankful to the mayor of Bourgas, Mr. Nikolov, and his team, as well as the team at Muzeiko, who welcomed the idea of this project and invested their energy and enthusiasm in its successful completion. We believe that PlanetUm will be a new landmark in the city of Burgas and we wish it best of luck in its mission to inspire the future young scientists“.
“We are striving to make Burgas more and more interesting, modern and beautiful. The new Science center has one more important feature – it will be very useful. That is why we are extremely thankful to all our partners for completing this project. The center will be a place, where one can learn while having fun. I am positive that even the adults will not only recall, but also enrich their knowledge. This place will be mostly a kingdom of kids that is just a step from the sea. I believe that the Science centre will become one of the landmarks of Burgas and will be attracting even more guests and tourists in our beautiful sea town”, said Dimitar Nikolov, Mayor of Bourgas.
PlanetUm is the sixth of total of eight social investment project that Shell has developed in its social program in Bulgaria in the last four years, with total funding of EUR 1 million. The Mining and Geology University “St. Ivan Rilski” and Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” were supported with laboratory renovation and geology equipment. In the towns of Nessebar and Pomorie, Shell helped with the construction of playgrounds. In Primorsko, Shell provided educational equipment for the local school “Nikola Vaptsarov”. By the end of the year, two other projects will be realized – for construction of solar installation in the swimming pool in Sozopol and for providing educational equipment in Tsarevo.
Given the evolving situation with respect to COVID-19, PlanetUM in Burgas will follow strict safety measures. The center will be closed for thorough disinfection every three hours.