Shell Upgrade Lets Soccer Players’ Movements Power Field Floodlights
The oil company refurbished a community football pitch in Rio de Janeiro that's both solar and people-powered
Shell has refurbished a run-down community football pitch in Morro da Mineira, a Rio de Janeiro favela, and installed special tiles under the surface that capture the kinetic energy generated by players’ movements. This energy is combined with the power generated by solar panels next to the pitch and converted into renewable electricity for the new floodlights.
This people-powered pitch gives everyone in the community a safe and secure space at night, and also shows an alternative method for solving energy issues in communities. The technology was created by Pavegen, a London-based innovative clean tech company, which manufactures flooring technology that converts the wasted kinetic energy from footsteps into renewable electricity.