Located at a teacher’s college in Lagos, Nigeria, an experimental solar-powered soccer pitch was launched last year in a three-way collaboration between energy giant Shell, music star Akon, who has been championing solar energy on the continent, and Pavegen, a United Kingdom-based start-up which has a target of providing low-cost renewable energy solutions to Africa’s electricity problems.
Only the second ever launched across the world, the solar-powered pitch combines both kinetic and solar energy to produce electricity. Pavegen technology makes use of pitch tiles which generate electricity by capturing kinetic energy from footfall. The harnessed energy can power low voltage systems, like streetlights, or store electricity for later use.
One hundred of these tiles are laid underneath the playing surface of the soccer pitch, thus harnessing energy from the multiple movements of the players. The kinetic energy, combined with power generated from solar panels, can power streetlights in the community for up to 24 hours.
Source: Quartz Africa