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Renewable energy: Shell partners Akon to light up kinect pitch @ FCET Akoka






Music icon Akon has partnered with Shell Nigeria to lighten the first Africa’s human and solar powered football pitch at the Federal College of Education Technical (FCET), Akoka, Lagos, reports ITRealms.


The new pitch is the latest initiative from Shell under the #makethefuture initiative, intended to put clean energy ideas into action to the benefits of the hosting communities and its environ.



ITRealms gathered that the football pitch was refurbished by Shell using over 90 underground tiles that capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the players. 


Also it was learnt that the tiles were invented by a young British entrepreneur and founder of Pavegen, Laurence Kemball-Cook, who has been supported through Shell LiveWIRE. The kinetic energy enables the storage of energy combined with power generated by solar panels to operate the new floodlights. 


Thus allowing the students to play even at night and provides a safer and more secure space at the heart of the community.



Osagie Okunbor, Country Chairman at Shell Companies in Nigeria & Managing Director of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) said, Shell makes a significant contribution to energy solutions for Nigeria, and is committed to supporting the Nigerian economy and its people. 

"We need bright energy ideas. Some of these will come from Shell but naturally, others will come from outside our business. So it’s crucial that Shell supports energy entrepreneurs, and we hope that this pitch will inspire more entrepreneurs and young people to help us make a smarter energy future,” Okunbor said.



Commenting, Akon describe as new dawn with reliable smarty energy solutions playing a major role in driving human progress in Africa. 


“Projects like this innovative football pitch draw attention to the major opportunity that Nigeria as well as the whole of Africa have if we look to better harness new technologies and the continent’s abundant renewable energy resources,” he said.



The Provost of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Dr. Siji O. Olusanya, said “We have more than 10,000 student teachers, who will benefit from this innovative solution to light our football pitch.”




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