One unassuming football pitch is hiding a breakthrough energy innovation

It doesn’t look like much. People won’t travel from around the world to see it. But in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, there’s a football pitch that could represent the future report Mashable.

Morro da Mineira, a small neighborhood in Rio, boasts a population with a deep love of football. And over the years, the sport has brought the close-knit community even closer together. But until recently, the residents faced a big problem: Their local pitch was unsafe. There were no lights and the uneven dirt surface made for a play hazard.

The solution? A little bright thinking from Shell and a bunch of Pavegen kinetic plates.

Now, kinetic plates translate locomotive energy into electrical power. Or, to put it simply, stepping on a kinetic plate generates electricity. And that’s why Shell thought they would be an ideal energy solution in a place where affordable and reliable power can be tough to come by.

For the love of football and the good of the world

Recognizing the opportunity to support a community in need, and to demonstrate that a mix of innovative ideas can change the way we power the places we live, Shell installed 200 kinetic plates under a brand new artificial turf surface to give the pitch Morro da Mineira a major energy upgrade. A landmark installment of Shell’s “Make the Future” initiative — in which Shell empowers energy innovators to make real change in the world — the Morro da Mineira pitch showcased how Shell is committed to helping to solve the world’s energy problem with brainpower, not just fuel power.

The electricity harvested by the plates — as well as a network of solar panels — powers the lights on the pitch, allowing people to play football at night without the safety risks they used to endure on a daily basis.

Shell plans to build on the success of Morro da Mineira with another kinetic and solar energy pitch in Lagos, Nigeria. But make no mistake — this energy innovation is more than just about powering local football fields. If applied correctly, this new technology could be used to help power entire towns, maybe even cities.

“It’s predicted that by 2050 the world will be using 50% more energy than it does now.” Kemball-Cook (inventor of the Pavegen technology) says. “Meeting that extra demand will require a broader mix of energy solutions and a new generation of scientists and engineers with a passion to innovate and develop them.”

With football potentially leading the sustainable energy revolution through impressive engineering it’ll be interesting to see whether this takes off globally. If you are interested in delving into the world of Engineering or just fancy a career in Sports, take a look through our courses today!



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