Pounding feet power community soccer pitch lights

Part of Shell’s Make The Future program, which aims to inspire young scientists and engineers of the future, and hailed as the first of its kind, the Morro da Mineira project saw 200 energy harvesting Pavegen tiles being installed underneath newly-laid AstroTurf of the redeveloped community pitch.

A number of PV panels were also positioned around the perimeter, and all the harvested energy from the players running over the tiles and from the sun is stored on site before being converted to electricity to power floodlighting. An exciting initiative for a power community.
We at BPM find this extremely exciting, especially when you think about what this initiative potentially represents. One the core tenets of BPM is the combination of fitness with technology to produce energy. This initiative hits all those targets and we will be monitoring it’s progress closely.