The world’s first kinetically & solar powered football pitch 

Children playing football on a well-lit sports facility
The community uses this well-lit sports facility as a place to gather and play.

Using around 200 underground tiles to convert the kinetic energy from the people playing football above, the locals now have a partially renewable source of electricity that helps power their pitch’s floodlights.

The Pavegen kinetic technology used in the pitch was developed by Laurence Kemball-Cook, a grant winner of Shell’s LiveWIRE programme. His incredible journey started like so many others, by simply asking “what if?”.

Legendary Brazilian footballer, Pele kicked off the initiative that shows what’s possible when science and sport come together.

Click on the video below to learn a little more about how this project has empowered a small community in the heart of Rio de Janeiro.

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