We’re all used to Pelé doing the remarkable, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Brazilian soccer legend has partnered with Shell to unveil something truly mind-blowing: A pitch that’s powered by players.
That’s right. Nestled in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, there’s now a pitch with floodlights that are powered by the kinetic energy of the players on the pitch. Per Shell:
Special tiles under the pitch surface to capture the energy generated by football players’ movement. This energy is then stored and combined with the power generated by solar panels next to the pitch to convert into renewable electricity for the pitch’s new floodlights.
How awesome is that? Take a look at the before and after shots of the once rundown pitch in the Morro da Mineira favela.
We’re not sure if there’s a timer on those lights … but something tells us they likely won’t be going out anytime soon.
(h/t Metro, images via Shell)