NewcastleGateshead powers the Great Exhibition of the North:  MG 1593

24 Aug 2018

NewcastleGateshead powers the Great Exhibition of the North

From a waltzing 80 year old man, to nimble young gymnasts, the people of Newcastle walked, danced and jumped across the Siemens Ingenious Energy Challenge, in intu Eldon Square and at the Family Expo as part of the Great Exhibition of the North creating enough energy to power a car for half a mile.

  • 346,000 joules of electricity created by people of Newcastle during Siemens Ingenious Energy Challenge
  • This is enough energy to talk on a smartphone for eight days, or to power a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle for 0.49 miles!
  • The overall challenge winner, who won a gaming PC is Marshal Siziba from South Shields.

From a waltzing 80 year old man, to nimble young gymnasts, the people of Newcastle walked, danced and jumped across the Siemens Ingenious Energy Challenge, in intu Eldon Square and at the Family Expo as part of the Great Exhibition of the North creating enough energy to power a car for half a mile.

The challenge which gave visitors seven seconds to use the intelligent flooring in the most creative way possible, was a hit with visitors, who generated around 28,000 joules of energy each day and 345,723 joules across its 12 days of operation.

The Challenge used innovative Pavegen smart flooring, which generated off-grid power and data from human contact. As people moved across the flooring, the weight from their footsteps created a small vertical movement of 5-10mm in the top surface – the more steps, the more energy.

Participants received an automatically generated gif, which they could share on social media. Those shared were judged each day, with the most ingenious of the day winning a £50 intu shopping voucher, with the winners being announced on social media. 

Despite fierce competition, the overall winner, who won a £600 gaming PC is Marshal Siziba, a student from South Shields. Commenting on the win, he said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got the message that I’d won the gaming PC. I love expressing myself through dance and winning on the day was a huge thrill. I’m really elated to have been judged the best overall for doing something I love.”

Carl Ennis, Managing Director of Siemens Energy Management, said: “The Ingenious Energy Challenge captured the imagination of all involved – and a few who didn’t take part too! Our volunteers answered many questions from people passing by the activity and were able to talk about the different methods of energy generation across the UK as well as the exiting work we’re doing right here in Newcastle.”

Carol Bell, Executive Director, Great Exhibition of The North, said: “The pop-up events at intu, Eldon Square and St. James’ Park were both a brilliant success and it was fantastic to see engaged, excited audiences with people of all ages and abilities taking part and sharing their ingenious moves! 

“It’s been a wonderful experience working with Siemens on this Energy Challenge as we feel it has been a great opportunity to showcase in an engaging and playful way some of the inspiring innovations taking place right here in the North.”

Great Exhibition of the North is an 80-day Exhibition, which takes place between 22 June and 9 September 2018 across NewcastleGateshead, celebrating great art and culture, design and innovation from across the North.

For more information on Great Exhibition of the North visit: www.getnorth2018.com

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Siemens plc

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sara.crane@siemens.com

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