Shell, a multinational oil and gas company, and Akon, a world-famous rapper and music-producer, are not necessarily seen to have an awful lot in common. However, they have teamed up with Pavegen– a UK-based technology start-up- to unveil a new, state-of-the-art solar and footfall powered soccer pitch at a school in Lagos, Nigeria.
The pitch uses 90 different underground tiles to harness kinetic energy produced from the footfall of players. Not only this, but the kinetic energy is then stored and supplemented with solar energy from solar panels surrounding the pitch to operate floodlights. This application of renewable energy is undoubtedly impressive, and the development is also hoped to provide a safer space at the heart of the community, as well as to help hone the locals’ skills!
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